Harold Milton BrownStaff Sergeant
C BTRY, 1ST BN, 82ND ARTILLERY, AMERICAL DIV
Army of the United States
22 April 1943 - 11 June 1969
Mount Washington, Kentucky
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Brownie, to one of the nicest NCOs and persons I ever met. I knew you for just a short time. When I came back to the world and saw the few movies I took I found such an eerie sight. I used the camera that late Saturday evening in May when there was a shaving cream fight. The last picture that night was you waving, smiling to the camera. The next time I used the camera was the morning after the long night when you were killed. The picture was of the devastation and the bodies of the "DINKS" that killed you. I wrote a poem after having enough nerve to find your name on the Wall, and found so many more names of guys I parted company with along the way.
May God Bless You,
Thank you for the honor of knowing you.
Sarge ...... It's been so many years. There hasn't been a time that I don't think of you. I have even said on many occasions that you are my mentor; I looked up to you. I was 19 when we met; you were 25. I remember your 26th birthday when your wife sent a case of "Wild Turkey" (and it made it all the way to LZ Liz!). You my friend, have been on my mind since 6-11-69. I carried your body to the chopper for your final ride home. I knew then that I had lost a true friend. I so much respected you. I looked up to you. For the first time in my life, I felt a broken heart. On top of that, I got promoted because you were gone. I'd have given anything to have you back. I hope I led as you did. I tried to follow your example. I know you were missed by all who knew you. We got your killer, but that is of little consolation.
I don't remember many names these days. I guess I have just moved on with my life. I have had a successful career and am now retired in the mountains of North Georgia. Kinda like the little town atmosphere that you lived in.
Kinda funny isn't it? Here I sit some 37 years later, and I miss you like it was yesterday. Though I only knew you 5 months, I had the utmost respect for you. I'm sure I am a better man today because I met you and had the opportunity to follow your example. I thank you for that.
I often wonder about your wife and kids. I wanted so much to visit them, but I couldn't. I still don't know what I'd say other than you were one hell of guy. Of course they already know that. Maybe one day it'll happen. I hope so. I would love to meet your kids and tell what a great guy you were.
Staff Sergeant Harold Milton Brown - Rest in Peace my friend. You are, and will always be missed!
A Note from The Virtual WallStaff Sergeant Brown was mobilized in 1968 with the Kentucky Army National Guard's C Btry, 2nd Bn, 138th Artillery.
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2002
Last updated 10/14/2006