Madera WWII Vet Identified, Laid to Rest at Arlington


WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Madera man, missing in action since World War II, has been identified and is being buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Tuesday that a U.S. Marine missing in action from World War II has been identified and is being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

The man is Sgt. John H. Branic, U.S. Marine Corps.

Branic was a platoon leader for L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division on Aug. 19, 1942, when a Japanese force overran his defensive position on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. During the attack, Branic was killed, but the Marines of L Company counterattacked and succeeded in driving the Japanese back. The location of Branic’s remains was not reported to headquarters, as the L Company executive officer was also killed.

In February 1992, the U.S. Embassy, Solomon Islands, reported to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command that remains believed to be those of an American had been recovered at a construction site on Guadalcanal. JPAC took possession of those remains the following month and excavated the site where they found additional remains. In the same general area, they found World War II-era ammunition, but no additional remains.

In 2004, an American researcher with the First Marine Division association reported to JPAC that a Solomon Islander had possession of a ring with the inscription "JHB" on the inside. The ring was found at the initial burial site.

JPAC scientists and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory specialists used mitochondrial DNA as one of the forensic tools to help identify the remains. Laboratory analysis of dental remains also confirmed the identification as Branic.


Volunteer Beauty

On April 06, 2006 Semper Marine Deatachment #205 has the finishing touches put on their all tile Marine Corps League Seal, at their entrance, by Sasha Kissoondath.

Sasha Kissoondath, president of S&S Tile Contracting Co. Inc., puts the finishing touches on the Marine Corps League tile emblem at the Semper Marine Detachment #205 building on Thursday (April 6, 2006).

Kissoondath, himself a former Marine and a detachment member, donated all the materials and labor to install the Marine emblem of Eagle, Globe and Anchor in tiles. The emblem, in the traditional Marine colors of red and gold, is at the entrance to the new detachment headquarters on Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ.

All Tile MCL Seal



Sgt William L. Dixon Detachment #289
Marine Corps League
PO Box 221
Clearfield PA 16830
Our next meeting will take place on 16 July 2014 at 7:30 PM at the DuBois Legion.
We will be discussing the upcoming Fair Parking fundraiser. In the past Marine Charlie Rothrock
was the chairman of this activity. We’ll see if he is up for it this year.
We will also be discussing the previous purchase of the The Toys for Tots trailer and the first trip
it made with the Toys for Tots Train for the 4th of July Parade in Washington DC. The volunteers
for this activity were Commandant Joe Woods, Senior Vice Commandant Timm McGary, Marine
David Radaker and Marine Guest John Delaney and their wives: Milly, Jan, Kathy and John’s
wife (I’m sorry that I don’t remember her name). Donations made to the detachment by a
number of our members went a long ways to help defray most of the cost of the trip. We are still
asking our membership to consider making any kind of donation or pledge to help with the cost
of the trailer and for some of the other expenses that have occurred with the purchase, insurance
and transportation of the trailer.
Just before the 4th of July this year we were saddened by the death of SgtMaj John M. Barac,
we conducted our last farewell ceremony at St Michaels church in Dubois. There were 7-8
marines in attendance. We didn’t have time to send out a letter about this. However we sent an
email which would have reached about 30 Marines. The SgtMaj will be missed by a lot of
Respectfully submitted,
Daniel W. Robbins, Adjutant
Sgt William L. Dixon Det#289
contact me with your email. drobbins1@windstream.net
6360 Chestnut Grove Hwy
Luthersburg PA 15848
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