PFC Anthony Brozyna

PFC Anthony Brozyna

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 22)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 | Grave 11345
Memorial ID 160676856 · View Source
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Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Anthony was the 6th of 7 children born to Polish immigrants John and Teresa (Babula) Brozyna.

Two days after his 21st birthday, Tony enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at New River and went through training at Parris Island.

PFC Brozyna was with his brothers in the 8th Marines (Golf/2) of the 2nd Marine Division when they landed on Betio. Their mission was to secure the island in order to control the Japanese airstrip in the Tarawa Atoll; thereby preventing the Japanese Imperial forces from getting closer to the United States, and enabling US forces to get closer to mainland Japan. It would become one of the bloodiest battles in the Corps history.

It was November 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa"), when young Anthony - just 22 years old - perished.

PFC Brozyna was among more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors killed during that battle, so many of which were declared non-recoverable after the war. Lost in foreign soil, this Marine was listed as Missing In Action for more than 70 years.

In 2015, History Flight located and recovered Anthony's remains and turned them over to the DPAA; they also conducted genealogy research and provided the contact information necessary for the Marine Corps to reach out to the surviving family members.

On 07.April.2016, the DPAA announced that lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established PFC Brozyna's remains among those returned.

He will be laid to rest on August the 31st at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Welcome home, PFC Brozyna, and thank you.

Records indicate last name once spelled "Brozyna".

John and Teresa (Babula) Brozyna

- Charles Brozna (1912-1984)
- Walter Brozna (1914-1989)
- Edward Brozyna (1915-1979)
- Anna Marie (Brozna) Lavine (1915-2004)
- John Brozna Jr (1917-1967)
- Stanley Brozyna (1923-1998)

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 7 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 160676856
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Anthony Brozyna (11 May 1921–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 160676856, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .