|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1923|
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1944, England|
EXERCISE TIGER MEMORIAL
Died during "Exercise Tiger" (pre D-day training), Lyme Bay, South Devon, England aboard LST 507 which was torpedoed by a German E-Boat (fast attack craft).
SOLDIERS NEWS FROM RT. 1
Pfc. Reubean and Edward Brown of England, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown of Athens Route One were pleasantly surprised when they met unexpectedly, after several months' separation. They enjoyed a 4 day furlough there together; Reubean has been in service 19 months, his brother Edward in service 7 months. The boys write relatives it was the happiest moments of their lives.
Published in the Athens Alabama Courier; Athens, Alabama; Thursday, February 03, 1944; Page 6, Col. 2.
Missing In Action
Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. George W. Brown, Athens, RFD, that their son, Pvt. Edward L. Brown, has been reported missing in action. They received a telegram May 11, from the acting General as follows:
"The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regrets that your son, Pvt. Edward L. Brown, has been reported missing in action since April 28, in the European area. If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified.
Published in the Athens Alabama Courier; Athens, Alabama; Thursday, May 18, 1944; Page 1, Col. 6.
Buddy Of Missing Yank Writes His Sister Here
Mrs. Victor May, of Athens, Route 1, whose brother, Pvt. Edward L. Brown, has been reported missing in the European theater of war since April 28, recently received the following letter from a friend of Pvt. Brown:
"Dear Mrs. May:
I hope you will forgive me writing to you but I have been thinking so much about Edwards or 'Brownie' as we call him, people back home and how they must wonder about him. When I saw your name on a package that you had sent him, I thought I would write to you and ask you, to kind of tell them how much we over here in Brownies outfit thought of him and how we miss him. I only wish I could tell you how it all happened, but military censorship won't allow it, so I'll just have to wait till I get a chance to drop down in Alabama and talk to them. I guess he was my best friend and we chummed around together quite a bit. He was always so quiet and very seldom said much. But I supposed this is all old to you who have known him so long. I have been waiting to write just a line or two to you folks there for some time about him but I just don't know what to say as I don't want to stir up any more grief over him."
"So therefore I must close and in doing so I want you to know that not only will he never be forgotten by you folks back there but he will always be remembered by some of us here for the great friend and buddie that he was to us. I don't think there is a word that could express a great enough tribute for him."
"So in closing I only hope you will accept my deep sympathy."
Published in the Limestone Democrat; Athens, Alabama; Thursday, July 13, 1944; Page 1, Col. 7.
Official Honor List Released By War Department
DEAD AND MISSING NAMES GIVEN FOR THIS COUNTY
Limestone County's Honor List of dead and missing has been officially released by the War Department in connection with a booklet giving deaths from all 48 States.
This official list contains 59 names from this county, and it is explained that the names appear when that county is given as the home address.
Checking against a file which The Courier kept during the war, we found 12 names of men killed in action who were from this county but whose names are not in the official list.
Following is the list released by the War Department:
EDWARD L. BROWN
Published in the Athens Alabama Courier; Athens, Alabama; Thursday, July 04, 1946; Page 1, Col. 7
Title: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created, 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946
Creator: National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Records Services - Washington, D.C. Modern Records Programs. Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division. (1998 - ) (Most Recent)
Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER: 34803163
NAME: BROWN, EDWARD L,
RESIDENCE: STATE - ALABAMA
RESIDENCE: COUNTY - LIMESTONE
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT - FT MCCLELLAN ALABAMA
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY: 14
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH: 04
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR: 43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION: Private
GRADE: CODE: Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION - No branch assignment
BRANCH: CODE - No branch assignment
TERM OF ENLISTMENT: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL: Civil Life
YEAR OF BIRTH: 23
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP: White, citizen
EDUCATION: 2 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION: Farm hands, general farms
MARITAL STATUS: Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
BOX NUMBER: 0851
FILM REEL NUMBER: 3.273
George Washington Brown (1875 - 1966)
Sue Ella Hall Brown (1889 - 1968)
Herman Alvie Brown (1911 - 1983)*
Lillie Mae Brown May (1914 - 2008)*
Reuben Rufus Brown (1917 - 1971)*
Edward Lee Brown (1923 - 1944)
Charles Mason Brown (1929 - 2013)*
Evelyn Mildred Brown (1932 - 1933)*
Note: Entered the service from Alabama.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Maintained by: Charles Riend
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56288121
Rest in peace. Died during "Exercise Tiger" (pre D-day training), Lyme Bay, South Devon, England aboard LST 507 which was torpedoed by a German E-Boat (fast attack craft). Thank you for your service.|
Added: Dec. 10, 2012
Born: Edward Lee Brown - B: 10 Sep 1923; Limestone ALD: 28 Apr 1944, at seaParents: George Washington Brown (1875-1966)and Sue Ella Hall Brown (1888-1968)Mom spoken often of her uncle that was lost at sea... You are gone, but not far from the family's tho...(Read more)|
Added: Oct. 28, 2009