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Capt Kenneth Lyndon Brown

Capt Kenneth Lyndon Brown

Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 23 Nov 1943 (aged 25)
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56116492 · View Source
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Kenneth Lyndon Brown (0-7186), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Artillery Battery Commander of the SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 21 November 1943. Conducting a reconnaissance in advance of his firing battery, Captain Brown discovered a group of infantrymen who had become separated from their regular units and, voluntarily assuming command, led them to a well-camouflaged enemy machine-gun pillbox emplacement which was delivering devastating cross-fire on our troops as they waded through the surf prior to gaining the beachhead. While maneuvering his group to the flank of the enemy weapon, several of his men were killed or wounded by a covering light machine gun and, in the face of almost certain death, he courageously exposed himself to the line of fire and was mortally wounded attempting to locate the hostile weapon. Captain Brown's grim determination, brilliant leadership and daring aggressiveness directly contributed to the saving of many lives and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 917 (February 8, 1944)
Home Town: Bradford, New Hampshire

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Hampshire.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Kenneth Lyndon Brown (17 Jun 1918–23 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56116492, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Subic (contributor 47238616) .