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Talma Lee Brown
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1925
Lamar County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 2013
Dallas County
Texas, USA

OBITUARY - Bright-Holland Funeral Home
First Sergeant Talma Lee Brown, Ret., 87, of Roxton, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 10:00 am, Monday, March 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Roxton with Reverend Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial, with Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be made in Restland Cemetery in Roxton. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm, Sunday at the funeral home.

Lee was born April 21, 1925 in Minter to James Arthur Brown and Annie Belle Shephard Brown. He married Donnie Faye Moree in Paris on February 7, 1947. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2006, after building over 59 years of family and memories. Lee enlisted in the U.S. Navy V5 program in April 1943 as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Later he was transferred to the Navy V-12 program and stationed at the University of California, Berkeley, California. Lee served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, aboard the U.S.S. Razorback, during WWII, in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and was awarded the Submariner's coveted "Dolphins" pin, the insignia and badge of a qualified Submariner. Also, he was awarded the Submarine Combat Pin, for combat against enemy forces, Japan. Only after passing extensive oral and written test and learning about every piece of equipment and its operation in a submarine, is the "Dolphins" awarded to an individual. Submarine duty included picking up (rescue) of airmen that had to bail out or ditch their aircraft, after making air raids on Japan proper. This included U.S. fighter and bomber personnel. The United States lost fifty two (52) submarines during the war, and had the highest casualty rate of any of the armed forces, one in five (20%). The Razorback was one of twelve submarines selected to be in Tokyo Bay with the Occupation Forces during the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces, 2 September 1945. The Razorback was the longest running commissioned diesel submarine in the United States Navy and was on loan to the Turkish Navy from 1970 to 2005; and then returned to the U.S.

The Razorback is now in the museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lee served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1969, retiring at Ft. Bliss, Texas (El Paso) as a Permanent First Sergeant, Regular United States Army, in October 1969, with over twenty six years military service. He served in the I Corps, with the United States Marines, (1st and 3rd Marine Divisions) in the northern part of South Vietnam, along the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) 1967-1968, and was involved in the TET Offensive in the early part of 1968. He was assigned to the United States Army Air Defense School at Ft. Bliss, Texas 1955-1967, and was the Chief Computer Instructor of the Computer Branch, of The Army School. Among his awards and decorations are: The Navy Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star (2 awards), The Army Unit Valorous Citation, The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters (3 awards), The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five stars, The Vietnam campaign Service Medal with three stars, the Submarine qualification insignia "Dolphins", and the Submarine Combat Insignia with stars, as well as many other awards. After retiring from the U.S. Army in October 1969, he was employed by The National Cash Register Company in Dallas, Texas in the Technical Services as a Field Engineer. After moving to Roxton, TX in 1977, he was employed by The Westinghouse Company and later by Phillips Lighting Company, in Paris, Texas as an electronic technician and electrician. In his retirement, he and wife, Donnie, enjoyed traveling and camping. He enjoyed guns, shooting and coin collecting. He was a Christian and church deacon and dedicated to his church, First Baptist Church—Roxton. Lee served as a Boy Scout Committeeman and a Boy Scout Leader in the Boy Scouts of America, a member and President of the Roxton Kiwanis Club, a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, served on the Roxton City Council two different times for a total of eleven years, a sixty five year member of the Paris Masonic Lodge 27, a member of the Roxton Masonic Lodge 543, a member of the Lamar Scottish Rite Club, The Red River Shrine Club, The Dallas Scottish Rite and The Dallas Shrine. He was also a 65 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 5, Paris, Texas. Lee was a long time member of the National Rifle Association and a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. He also is a life member of The Submarine Veterans of WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donnie, a sister, Geneva Bridges and two brothers, Harold and Ray Brown.

Survivors include his sons, Gary Brown & wife Veronica, and David Brown & wife Lynn; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Casket Bearers will be Jeff Reed, David Rutherford, Joe Mashburn, Floyd McCoin, and Don Nelson. Honorary Casket Bearers will Luther Smith, Gerry Hindman, Tommy Funderburg, Michael Bush and Ed Moree.
Family links: 
  James Arthur Brown (1890 - 1965)
  Annie Belle Brown (1892 - 1987)
  Donnie Faye Moree Brown (1927 - 2006)
Wed Feb. 7, 1947.
Restland Cemetery
Lamar County
Texas, USA
Created by: Diane & John
Record added: Nov 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22677834
Talma Lee Brown
Added by: Diane & John
Talma Lee Brown
Added by: Diane & John
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World War II and Vietnam veteran - Thank you sir for serving.
- Carol Pagitt Hammack
 Added: Mar. 17, 2013

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