High School Wall of Honor
Eugene R. Brown
Class of June, 1940
Died; FOD; Finding of Death
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963.
was a member of North High's class of June, 1940. He enlisted
in the US Army on February 10, 1941 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
At the time of his enlistment, he was single with no dependents.
His service number was 20704473. It appears that Eugene enlisted
with another 1940 North High graduate, Fred Emerling, Jr. At the
time of his enlistment, his next of kin was listed as Nellie Brown,
663 19th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.
He was asssigned to the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry
Division, as a member of the Commando group. He was killed on
December 2, 1942 during the Tunisia campaign in North Africa.
His death was initially reported as missing in action, but was
later changed to FOD, Finding of Death. At the time of his death,
his rank was SSG - Staff Sergeant. His awards are the Bronze Star
and the Purple Heart.
The above information was obtained
from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and
Army Air Forces Personnel were created by the War Department,
the Adjutant General's Office, Administrative Services Division,
Strength Accounting Branch. The original records are held at
the Modern Military records LICON, Textural Services Division
(NWCTM), National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
The documents contain the latest and most complete information
available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were
killed or died, or became and remained missing between the President's
declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941,
and the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This
document includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing.
The records are available online at http://www.archives.gov/.
The type of casualty is indicated by the following:
* KIA - Killed in Action. This
is an individual who was killed in action at the front, by enemy
action in the rear, or if a prisoner of war.
* DOW - Died of Wounds. This
is an individual was who wounded and later died.
* DOI - This is an individual
who suffered fatal battle injuries and died in a line of duty
*DNB - Died Nonbattle. This
is an individual who died in a line of duty death, such as from
sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside of combat
*M - Missing. This is an individual
who is reported as missing and later was determined to be dead.
*FOD - Finding of Death. Findings
of death fall within Public Law 490 and its amendments and are
made when there is either conclusive proof that the person is
dead or equally overwhelming evidence that under the circumstances
the person could not have remained alive.
This document contains the names of those individuals
who died in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were
not in the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed
in this document.
(2) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information
on more than 9 million individual enlistments. These records
can be found online at http://www.archives.gov/.
(3) Information obtained from the American Battle Monuments
Commission shows that Eugene is listed on the Tablets of the
Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.
(4) The comprehensive list of names from
North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell
Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North
High School graduates can be found online at: http://www.ndmhs.com/.
Eugene R. Brown's 1940 class page is: http://ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1940(1990.50).html.
December 2, 1942; FOD; Finding of Death.
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