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SGT Charles Willis Brown
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Birth: May 6, 1921
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1945, Argentina


The Courier-Journal - Louisville, Kentucky - page 14 - Unknown Date:
Families of 13 Soldiers Who Died In Plane Crash Attend Rites Here Today - Taylor Cemetery Scene of Burial: The "next of kin" from eight states and Washingtin D.C., gathered yesterday at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery to attend the group burial of 13 soldiers. "The theme of this service could not be anything else but "together", said Lt. Col. Robert A. Metheny, Protestant chaplain for the Kentucky Military District. He was in charge of the service. Reserve Maj. Julius Bosse, chaplain, read the Catholic service for the dead, and Capt. Joseph Messing, Fort Knox chaplain the Jewish service.
The widows, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers of the men who had been together during most of the war and who had died together in Paraguay in an airplane crash in December 1945, sat on benches facing the 13 flag-draped caskets. They wept together. In the background was a firing squad of the Kentucky Military District. Their rifles shatterd the sunny stillness of the cemetery with three martial volleys at the end of the service. Taps were sounded. Each flag covering the casket was folded and presented to a member of the solder's family.
"Owe Undying Gratitude," - Words of comfort werer read in English, Hebrew and Latin. Each Chaplain reminded the group, "The grass withereth and the flower fadeth;" that the body returns to dust, but the spirit lives. "We owe these men undying gratitud," Chaplain Metheny said. "They have made their own glory by their deeds. It is up to us to see that they are properly memoralized. We pray their sacrifices have not been made in vain."
The 13 men were buried simultaneously in a grave seven caskets wide and two caskets deep. They were Sgt. Charles W. Brown, Pittsburgh, Penn; Cpl. David S. Kellog, Newtonville, Mass.; S.Sgt. Clarence J. Setko, Duluth, Minn.; T/Sgt. Richard W. Schweitzer, Gloversville, N.Y.; Sgt. James R. Robertson, St. Louis, Mo.; First Lt. William B. Nunemaker, Hesston, Kan.; First Lt. Chester F. Lowe, Jr., Washington D.C.; Pfc. Theodore H. Leopold, New Haven, Conn.; First Lt. Reuben Klein, Plattsburg, N.Y.; First Lt. Earl S. King, Mishawaka, Ind.; First Lt. Orville A. Michelson, Riverside, Cal.; First Lt. Zane W. Gilcher, Massillon, Ohio, and Sgt. Frank G. Dubinskas, McKees Rock, Pa.

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  Charles August Brown (1895 - 1950)
  Mary Agnes Watters Brown (1901 - 1954)
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Maintained by: Kelly Watters-Winters
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Mar 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49072542
SGT Charles Willis Brown
Added by: Bobby Hunt
SGT Charles Willis Brown
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Added by: Alan Brownsten
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- Kelly Watters-Winters
 Added: May. 14, 2012
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Mar. 1, 2011

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