In Memory of
Army Air Force Captain
Lon Fisher Brown
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
May 10, 1917 – February 6, 1944
Killed in Action in New Guinea
Lon F. Brown was born on May 10, 1917, in Belle Fourche,
South Dakota. He graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1935 and went to
Brookings to attend South Dakota State College. While he was there, he majored
in pharmacy and graduated in 1939.
From there he went back to
Belle Fourche and worked for the Belle Drug Company. In 1940 he enlisted in the
Army Air Corps. Then he was first commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant
while at Kelly Field in Texas, and then rose to 2nd Lt. Later 2nd
Lt. Lon Brown studied at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 1942 Lon was married in
Salinas, California. Here he was promoted to Captain and served as such in the
United States for more than two years. In 1943, Capt. Brown left for Hawaii only
to soon become attached to a reconnaissance squadron in New Guinea in January of
On February 6, 1944, Capt.
Lon F. Brown was reported missing in action. His wife received a call about her
husband and made the call to Lon’s mother. Four months later, Brown’s mother,
Lily, was officially notified that her son had been killed in action.
Besides his mother and his
wife, Lon F. Brown was survived by a son, Ross.
This entry was respectfully submitted by David
Ahl, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, May 5, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by The War Years
by Peggy Davis and Billie Jane Hamblin and newspaper clippings.