In Memory of
Charles F. Brown
Lead, South Dakota
May 9, 1924 August 4, 1944
Died of Wounds in England
On May 9, 1924, Charles Raymond and Margaret Evangeline
Cox Brown bore their only son, Charles (Buster) F. Brown. He was born in Lead,
South Dakota, and he lived there his whole life, except for the six years in
which he lived in Kansas City, Missouri. He had two sisters: Dorothy V. Lloyd of
Pacattello, Idaho, and Marion L. Parker (Oleon) of Montpelier, Idaho, who
responded and gave us much information about her brother, Charles.
Charles enlisted when he
was eighteen, along with his nineteen-year-old friend Tom Rundle, who is also in
our book. He entered active service on February 25, 1943, at Ft. Crook,
Nebraska. He was transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps and reported for
active duty on March 4, 1943, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. First, Charles went to
Fort Knox, Kentucky, for his basic training. He began training in the tank
corps. Corporal Brown left the United States for foreign service on April 6,
Corp. Brown first went to
England; he was transferred into the infantry just before the Invasion of
Normandy. He was later relocated to France two or three days after D-Day. On
July 29, 1944, Army Corp. Charles F. Brown was wounded in the upper thigh by
small arms fire. He died five days later on August 4, 1944. He was only twenty
years old. He was awarded the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation.
He always said he was
going to live until he was 21 then he was going to get married, said his
sister, Marion. Charles F. Brown was buried at Cambridge Military Cemetery in
England, Plot F, Row 3, Grave 16.
I hope this summary pays
him a tribute.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kyra
Klosterman, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, May 7, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by Marion L. Parker
of Montpelier, Idaho, sister of Charles Brown.