Brashear, William Eugene, Sgt

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
2736-Medium Tank Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 2736, 70th Tank Battalion
Service Years
1945 - 1950


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Daviess County
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1950
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
Location of Interment
Owensboro Memorial Gardens - Owensboro, Kentucky
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Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
70th Tank Battalion
  1950-1950, 2736, 70th Tank Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Battle of Unsan
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Last Known Activity
He had initially enlisted during WWII, on November, 1945, at Camp Swift, Bastrop, Texas.  Possibly served with the 2nd Infantry Division that was based there.

Sgt. Brashear served with Company B, 70th Tank Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division in the Korean War. These were "heavy tanks". His unit arrived in Korea on 7 August 1950.

In November, along with almost 600 other 8th Cavalry Regiment soldiers, he was killed during a battle south of Unsan, North Korea when the Chinese entered the combat situation.

Their bodies were not able to be recovered at the time and were likely buried on the battlefield by Chinese or North Korean forces. He was listed as MIA.

In 2000, a joint U.S./Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) team led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a mass grave that had been discovered in Unsan. Human remains, of at least five individuals, and U.S. military uniforms were recovered but they were unable to be identified given the technology of the time.

In 2007, because of advances in DNA technology, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) reanalyzed the remains. Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the JPAC and AFDIL used dental records and mitochondrial DNA - which matched that of Brashear's sister and cousin- in the identification of his remains.

Sgt. Brashear left a wife, Thelma and a son, Alan Eugene Brashear, who died several years following a heart transplant. in 1987
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