Obituary and Funeral Service: WWII Veteran Deward W. Duncan, 19, of Monroe

Deward William Duncan, KIA in WW II on Jan. 12, 1944. Photo Courtesy of the US Department of Defense.

Seaman 2nd Class, Deward W. Duncan, Jr., age 19 of Monroe, GA, passed away on January 12, 1944. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Rest Haven Cemetery, 200 N. Madison Avenue, Monroe, GA 30655 with military honors. Pastor Carol Renfroe will officiate.

After 75 years, his remains will finally be home and laid to rest beside his parents. Seaman 2nd Class Duncan, who entered the U.S. Navy from Georgia, was stationed on Betio, following the capture of Tarawa Atoll. On January 12, 1944, S2 Duncan was killed during a Japanese air raid when a bomb was dropped near his tent over Betio. He was reportedly buried the same day in a cemetery on Betio, but his remains could not be identified from among the remains recovered from Betio after the war. In May of 2017, the independent investigative group History Flight, in partnership with DPAA, located a grave site on Betio and recovered human remains. DPAA analysts identified S2 Duncan from among these remains.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Deward & Nellie Butler Duncan, Sr.; brothers, Dewey Day Duncan, Clifford Benson Duncan, Billy Hugh Duncan, Fletcher Duncan; sister, Myrtle Duncan Phillips; nephew, Clifford B. Duncan, Jr., and he is survived by Nieces: Darlene Phillips of Jackson, Jennie Duncan of McDonough, Julie Duncan Harris of Jackson; Nephew: Dwayne Duncan of Covington; Great-Nephew: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Duncan of Ft. Hood, TX, Jesse Duncan of South Dakota; Great-Niece: Jade Duncan Hollister of South Dakota and many other extended family members. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 209 South Hammond Drive, Monroe, GA 30655. (770) 267-2594. You may sign the online guest registry at
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Reposted courtesy of Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

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