By CLINT FOSTER
A decisive part of the human spirit is the hope that one’s life meant something, that they made an impact on those around them. It is safe to say that is the case for the late First Sergeant Kevin Brown, whose legacy continues to grow over a year after his death.
In March, Brown joined the ranks of Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Omar Bradley and John McCain when he was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit – the sixth-highest honor in the United States Military.
His father, Jerry Brown, accepted the award in his honor at a ceremony at Fort Hood in front of the Sergeant’s entire battalion.
“It just makes me proud,” Jerry Brown said. “Every time I think about it, my eyes start sweating. You can’t be more proud of a son than I was of him. We were very close. He was an amazing man, soldier and son.”
Brown, who was murdered by his wife – now serving 40 years in Gatesville – at their Mineral Wells home in May of last year, had already garnered a long list of awards and achievements over his 32 years his service in the U.S. Army and National Guard. In fact, his father said the sergeant’s uniform “looked like a fruit salad on the front” because of the many colorful medals and ribbons.
A veteran of two tours in Iraq, Brown’s illustrious career culminated as the supervisor of the Unit Training Equipment Site No. 2 for the Texas Army National Guard at Fort Wolters, where he worked until his death.
Brown’s career began when he enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in Joshua in 1980. The Arlington native served three years in Germany as a battle tank mechanic and earned the rank of sergeant. In 1987, he enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard as a motor sergeant, where he continued to impress and move up the chain of command. According to Brown’s Legion of Merit narrative, he was critical during the new equipment fielding of 50 M1 Abrams tanks and facilitated a seamless transition of more than 50 M60A3 tanks.