In addition to the many lives he touched, Brown’s memory will forever be enshrined by a large stone monument bearing his name that was unveiled last August at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2399 in Mineral Wells. The VFW also has a flag and a plaque in his honor and the local American Legion Hall displays a cannon built by the first sergeant himself.
“What can you say about an American hero?” Brown’s father asked rhetorically. “He was just a standup guy. If he was your friend, he had your back and you knew it. He didn’t have to say it. If you spoke to all of his troops, they’d tell you the same thing.”
As Jerry Brown said upon his son’s admittance into the Legion of Merit, truly First Sergeant Brown’s name will forever be linked to the names of the many American legends who came before him. As it should be.
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