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Press Release | Sept. 29, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Brooks, J.C.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. J.C. Brooks, 19, who was killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 27, 2022.

In the summer of 1943, Brooks was a member of Company I, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His unit was part of Operation HUSKY, the Allied effort from July 10 to Aug. 17 to capture Sicily from Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italian regime. Brooks was killed during the Battle of Troina on Aug. 1 while leading an advance against German forces as first scout. He was unable to be recovered because of the fighting.

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