|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1893|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1950|
HOMER CAFFEE BROWN
"Brownie" as he was known through his cadet days and for many years after, died after an illness of eight months during which time the patient and courageous fight against suffering showed the same quiet, perseverance prevalent through his entire career.
He was born September 25, 1893 in Carthage, Missouri. At an early age his parents moved to Tahlequah, Indiana Territory [now Oklahoma] where he attended Baptist Mission School, later going to Manuel Training School in St. Louis. It was from Oklahoma that he received his appointment to West Point and so went to Braden's Prep School in Highland Falls, before entering the Academy in July 1913.
Graduating April 20, 1917 he and four other classmates were assigned to the Third Infantry with station in Eagle Pass, Texas where to his great disappointment he stayed throughout the war. On August 8, 1917 he married Helen Owens Lahm of New York and on February 22, 1919 their only child Betty was born. She is now Mrs. Calvin M. Jenkins of Oakland, California and has a son and daughter aged 4 and 2 respectively.
From Eagle Pass where Brownie spent 3 years as Company Commander and Adjutant. He went to Hawaii as Adjutant of the 21st Infantry, then to Benning for the Company officers Course followed by 5 years as P.M.S. & T. at the Manlius School, Manlius, N.Y. where he attained the enviable record being presented the "Order of the Phoenix' in recognition of his services. October 1938, the Honor School rating having been won with 94.688%, the highest record. After these successful yers he went back to Benning for the Advanced Course, then on for 2 years at Bedloe's Island, commanding the Military Police Co. detachment. After that much sought for C & G. S.S. at Fort Leavenworth with it's gruesome weeks trying to avoid the "U", and the pleasant weekends of golf, dancing and parties among many friends. A delightful tour of the Army War College followed by the course at the Chemical Warfare School found him headed back to Leavenworth for teaching during the next 4 years. The Thrill came when order were received to join the Ninth Infantry of the Second Division of Ft. Sam Houston, where after 15 months as he was alerted for overseas and left July 18, 1943 for Australia. His service in the Pacific covered a period of 42 months and took him from Australia to New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. A tribute to his sincere efforts can best be shown in the citations for his 'Legion of Merit', for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services in the Southwest Pacific Area from September 3, 1943 to June 25, 1944. General Brown, as commanding officer of a large Australian base at Townsville, and later in command of the Intermediate Section, United States Army Services of Supply, New Guinea supervised logistical support for combat forces in six major operations in the New Guinea campaign, He insured the construction of warehouses, roads, hospitals, depots and air installations and instituted a system of transportation and distribution which proved invaluable to the success of military operations. He efficiently supervised the activities of five New Guinea bases and provided effective support for operations in Dutch New Guinea. By this thorough planning and efficient administration, General Brown made an important contribution to the success of military operations in the Southwest Pacific Area. He was also awarded the Bronze Star while in the Philippines.
When he returned to the States in January 1946 his assignment was with G-3 section of the Fourth Army, which was quite perfect as he had bought a home in San Antonio when he left for overseas. He was Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 when he was retired on November 30, 1948. He was just beginning to enjoy to the fullest his hobbies ad well earned rest when he was stricken and so came to an early end one of the happiest unions, one which began during cadet days and grew ever closer through all the nearly 33 years that followed. Interment of WCB with full military honors at F. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
The above obituary was written by Homer Caffee Brown's wife Helen Lahm Brown.
Information provided by Nancy Brewer
William Henry Seavy Brown (1863 - 1922)
Edna Caffee Brown (1869 - 1965)
Helen Brown (1897 - 1995)
Homer Caffee Brown (1893 - 1950)
Hazel Claire Brown (1895 - 1897)*
Note: Brig Gen, US Army, World War I
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