The remains of a World War Two soldier from northern Iowa are returning to Iowa. Army Private Donald Brown will be buried with full military honors, provided by the Iowa National Guard, tomorrow (Saturday) in Thompson, Iowa. .
Brown was killed in action July 28th, 1944, when his Sherman tank was destroyed by enemy fire in France. Brown's remains could not be positively identified so they were interred at Normandy American cemetery.
DNA analysis and other testing have positively identified the remains. A rosette will be placed next to his name on the Wall of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery in Saint James, France, to indicate that he has now been accounted for.
Brown’s military awards and honors include the Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.