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Pvt Harold William Brown

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Pvt Harold William Brown

From the World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946:

Harold W Brown - born: 1918; white, citizen; Nativity: Indiana; Residence: Marion Co, Indiana; Enlistment date 2 Oct 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana; Grade: Private.


The Normandy Landings were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overload during WWII. The landings (United States, British and Canadian) commenced on Tuesday, 6 Jun 1944 (D-Day).

The landings took place along a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

FROM: LONE SENTRY; TOUGH OMBRES! The story of the 90th Infantry Division.

On June 23rd the 358th and 359th moved to a defensive sector south of the Douve River near Beuzeville la Bastille, remained there until June 29th. The 357th retulrned the next day.

The stage now was set for the battle of the Foret de Mont Castre which began July 3rd south of the Douve. It was like a slow forcing of a massive iron door with hinges rusted solid by the Beau Coudray marshlands. To the northwest, at the other end of the 90th's sector, the door was locked fast by the formidable foret and Hill 122.

Hill 122 was the eyes of the enemy. This 400 foot rise was a bastion from which Caesar's legions 2000 years ago repelled an enemy horde in the Gallic wars. From a bald crest on the north, the foret stretched to the south in a trackless and jungle-like growth.

For three years the Germans had fortified the foret and had learned every inch of its terrain during maneuvers. The hill dominated the Cherbourg peninsula and keyed the entire southward drive to break out of the hedgerow country.

The 90th found itself smashing against fresh, fanatical paratroopers and SS men. The jumpoff, July 3rd, was a line from Baupte, northeast past Pont Auny to the east edge of Pretot. The division faced southwest.

The first day the 359th, on the west, advanced through Pretot for roughly 2000 yards despite savage machine gun, artillery, motar fire and mines.


From the internet:
Service #35895954

HAROLD W BROWN - Private, U S Army.
359th Infantry Regiment,
90th Infantry Division.
Entered the Service from: Indiana.
Died 3-Jul-44.
Buried at: Plot D Row 20 Grave 8.
Normandy American Cemetery,
Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Awards: Purple Heart.

The above data entered by Charlene Harmon.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Indiana.





  • Maintained by: Suzanne Young Brayer
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Harold William Brown (6 Jul 1918–3 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56642706, citing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Suzanne Young Brayer (contributor 48155937) .