U.S. Marine Cpl. Jack S. Brown, killed in WWII, disinterred from Manila American Cemetery for burial in home state of Virginia

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 15, 2022) — The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) announces U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Jack S. Brown, who was killed in World War II, has been accounted for 78 years after his death.

Photograph of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Jack S. Brown

His remains, previously interred as an unknown at ABMC’s Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines, are now set for burial in Norfolk, Virginia, on Aug. 13, 2022.

Brown was killed in action on July 8, 1944, on the island of Saipan. His remains could not be recovered at the time of his death, and he was declared non-recoverable in November of 1950. Brown was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Unidentified remains, listed as “Unknown X-30 2nd Marine Division Cemetery Saipan” and buried at the Manila American Cemetery, were disinterred in March 2021 and sent to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) laboratory in Hawaii for analysis.

Brown was officially accounted for on May 11, 2022.

A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brown was 22 at the time of his death. He was part of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, which took part in the Battle of Saipan in a larger effort to capture the Mariana Islands from Japan. 

Brown’s name is inscribed in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, along with more than 18,000 others who are still missing from World War II. ABMC has placed a bronze rosette beside his name, indicating he has now been accounted for.

For more information on Brown, visit the DPAA website.

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