WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2018 — Naval Reserve Seaman 2nd Class Deward W. Duncan, Jr., killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 17, 2018.
In January 1944, Duncan was assigned to Aviation, Construction, Ordnance, Repair, Navy Fourteen, Standard Landing Craft Unit 4, when a Japanese air raid on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, dropped a bomb near his tent. Duncan was killed January 12, 1944 and was reportedly buried the same day in Cemetery #33.
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Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Duncan’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.