In Memory of
Army Corp.
Charles F. Brown
Lead, South Dakota
Lawrence County
May 9, 1924 – August 4, 1944
Died of Wounds in England

Charles F. Brown  Charles F. Brown

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, 1944.

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.