Brandenburg’s unidentified body was buried one of several battlefield cemeteries on the island. His was known as Central Division Cemetery, which later was renamed Cemetery 26. A military operation on Betio between 1946 and 1947 recovered his remains and those of many others, but were unable to identify his body.
Formal Saturday procession through Hamilton
Brandenburg’s body is scheduled to arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 3 p.m. Thursday, and there will be military honors there, before a formal procession to the Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Home at 1350 Millville Ave.
But because of scheduling delays that could happen with flights and traffic, officials aren’t encouraging people to line the streets for that procession.
They are hoping many people will line the streets Saturday between the funeral home and Hickory Flat Cemetery after his noon funeral service at the funeral home. That procession should start around 12:40 p.m. and take the following route:
From the funeral home at 1350 Millville Ave., the procession will go east on Millville Avenue. It will turn left onto Dick Avenue and then turn right onto Main Street, before continuing onto High Street. It will turn left onto North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard before turning right onto Jacksonburg Road. The procession then will turn right onto Morganthaller Road and onto the cemetery
How was he identified?
All of the remains were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory in 1947 for identification. By 1949, those remains that still were unidentified were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. One group of those bodies was designated as Tarawa Unknown X-074. That set was dug up in October, 2016, for identification.
Scientists from the DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitocondrial DNA analysis, anthropological analysis and “circumstantial and material evidence” to make identifications.