Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

John Eli Brown

Troy, Alabama

April 14, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Army Pfc

2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Killed in Iraq when a grenade exploded inside his military vehicle.

From Lewis Doyle 05/10/07:

I was the company commander of the recruiter who recruited PFC Brown for the Army. I had a very personal interest in John as his enlistment packet required a significant effort on my behalf due to a previous enlistment that he had had in the Alabama National Guard. I feel a lot of guilt about his death as he would not have been able to join the active Army without my efforts. I will never forget his funeral---the whole town turned out to include the fire department and both public and private schools; they lined the route of the funeral procession with many of them holding flags and saluting as we passed....at the memorial, a song was played and the words were written on the funeral's program....the title escapes me at the moment, but when I hear it, I always remember John...it was a song that he loved.

AP News

When Johnny Brown last e-mailed his family, it was to comfort them. "He told us he was doing what he loved and not to worry about him and should anything happen to just know he was doing what he loved," said Jessica Brown-Tatum, Brown's sister.

Brown of Troy, Ala., and based at Fort Campbell, was killed April 14 in an accidental grenade explosion.

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