T/Sgt Best was crew chief onboard a C-47 with serial number 41-18525. His unit participated in Operation Husky II (11 July 1943) in Sicily, dropping paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. The airplane was shot down by friendly fire.

He was initially buried at Paestum Cemetery at Mount Soprano, Italy and reburied at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, plot D, row 7, grave 26.

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