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PFC Leonard De Brown
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Birth: 1897
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1918
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France

De Brown was born in Passaic but moved to Ridgewood with his sister and a step-brother to live at 39 Union Street and later at 94 Prospect St. He worked at the A&P store after graduating from St. Nicholas School in Passaic. As part of the New Jersey National Guard, on August 31, 1917 he was selected for the 29th Infantry Division, known as the "Blue and Gray" because it was formed from militia companies that had fought in previous wars, in particular the Civil War. The unit trained at Camp McClellan, Alabama where he was promoted to Pfc. November 1.
He arrived overseas June 15, 1918 and assembled in St. Nazaire on the Bay of Biscay before moving on to the final training areas near Poitiers and Prauthoy. They moved to a "quiet area" in Alsace near Belfort in late July and were under French supervision until they moved to the Verdun area in late September. The 57th entered the offensive on October 9 as the only American division serving on the east bank of the Meuse River. Its initial objective was to cover the flanks of the main American effort. Using very sophisticated infiltration tactics rather than a full frontal assault, the division engaged in heavy fighting around such key terrain features as Bois d'Ormont, Morieb Farms, Malbrouck Hill, the Molleville Farm, the Grand Montagne and Etrayes Woods. Under the code name "Mocking Bird" the division advanced seven kilometers in three weeks, fighting elements of six enemy divisions. De Brown suffered a concussion and died at Molleville Farm October 25, 1918; the division was relieved 4 days later in the evening of October 29.
Initially buried at Brabant sur Meuse, he is now buried in Plot G, Row 20, Grave 04 at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. At death he was 22 years old.

From book "At Death He was 25 Years Old" By Christopher C. Stout (F.A.G. contributor #48289027) 
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France
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Record added: Nov 21, 2013
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PFC Leonard De Brown
Added by: Chris Stout
PFC Leonard De Brown
Added by: Chris Stout
PFC Leonard De Brown
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Angel Day Blessings. May you rest in peace.
- wings214
 Added: Oct. 25, 2014
Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013

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