PFC Robert Joseph Brown

PFC Robert Joseph Brown

Havana, Mason County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Jan 1942 (aged 20)
Central Luzon, Philippines
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Distinguished Service Cross Recipient

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert Joseph Brown (MCSN: 296184), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, in action in the vicinity of Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 15 January 1942. While on legal leave from his proper unit, Private First Class Brown voluntarily joined a detail from the 57th Infantry which was charged with the mission of destroying an enemy position through which snipers were infiltrating into our lines. During the performance of this mission this intrepid soldier, observing that one of his companions had been severely wounded, and was unable to move, proceeded without orders in the face of enemy machine gun fire at close range in an effort to evacuate the casualty. Silencing a hostile gun by a well-placed hand grenade, and inflicting several additional casualties on another enemy group which prevented his reaching the vicinity of the wounded man, Private First Class Brown had thereby disclosed his position to the enemy and was mortally wounded by the ensuing enemy fire.

Contributor: BarryC (47806468)

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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 4 Jan 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 140885459
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Robert Joseph Brown (26 Jan 1921–16 Jan 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 140885459, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .