United States Army

World War II, Pacific

Killed In Action: April 28, 1945

Private Sidney Gordon Duncan Jr. (August 31, 1920 – April 28, 1945) was a 24-year-old medic when he was killed during the Battle of Okinawa, one of the largest and bloodiest American battles of the war. It began on April 1, 1945, with an island assault by more than 180,000 American soldiers and Marines. During the 82-day battle, U.S. combat losses totaled 458 airplanes, 38 ships and 4,900 sailors killed, with more than 7,600 ground troops. Private Duncan was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for his actions on Okinawa.  Private First Class Duncan is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.