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Daniel J Brown

Jerome, Idaho

March 24, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Fort Carson, Colorado

 Killed in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

From KMVT 11 kmvt.com 03/26/12:

Jerome Soldier Killed In Kandahar Over The Weekend
By Paul Johnson
Story Created: Mar 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM MDT
Story Updated: Mar 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM MDT 
Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV) We have some sad news to report. In a news release issued today, the Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Sgt. Daniel J. Brown, 27, of Jerome, Idaho, died March 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. 

Col. Tim Marsano with the Idaho National Guard said that the family has requested privacy at this time. They issued the following statement through the Guard. 

Dan will be missed by his family and friends. He loved the company of others and was a friend to everyone he knew, because he always put others before himself. This was especially true of his brother Matt. Dan felt a call to join the Army after the events of 9/11. He was a leader who took his role seriously and led by example. Dan was also very athletic and loved football and baseball. For his Jerome High School senior project, he began a mentoring program to help younger kids excel at baseball. He leaves behind his wife Jordan Brown and their 3-month old twin daughters Mattie and Marlee, his brother Matt, his parents Becky and Jerry Brown and his grandparents Lee and Barbara Urie.

Col. Marsano said that Sgt. Brown was an active duty U.S. Army Soldier and not an Idaho National Guard member. The Guard is providing various types of assistance to his family, including help with public affairs. 

From The Times-News magicvalley.com 03/27/12:

Jerome Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
By Julie Wootton - Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:00 am

TWIN FALLS • U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Brown, a 27-year-old Jerome resident, died Saturday while serving in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Monday that Brown died as a result of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province.
Family members requested privacy, according to the Idaho Army National Guard, but issued a statement about Brown.
“Dan will be missed by his family and friends. He loved the company of others and was a friend to everyone he knew, because he always put others before himself.”
Brown leaves behind his wife, Jordan Brown, and their 3-month-old twin daughters, Mattie and Marlee. Survivors also include his brother, Matt; his parents, Becky and Jerry Brown; and grandparents Lee and Barbara Urie.
Brown was assigned to Fort Carson, Colo.-based 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Although Brown wasn’t a member of the Idaho Army National Guard, the state’s guard is providing assistance to his family.
Col. Tim Marsano, public affairs officer for the Idaho Army National Guard, said information about Brown’s funeral service isn’t yet available.
Marsano met with Brown’s family Monday. He said an obituary — with information on when a service will be held — should be coming in a few days.
Chris Webb, a local casualty assistance officer, is working with the family to handle funeral arrangements.
The U.S. Army’s Fort Carson Public Affairs Office didn’t have information Monday afternoon about what Brown’s unit was doing in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense states in its announcement that Brown was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
In their statement, family members said Brown felt called to join the Army after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Brown was a Jerome High School graduate. Superintendent Dale Layne said Monday that there isn’t a record of what year Brown graduated in the district’s current computer system.
Layne said he doesn’t know much about Brown, but heard the young man never had a chance to see his twin girls after they were born.
Brown’s family remembers him as a leader, as well as an athlete who loved football and baseball.
“For his Jerome High school senior project, he began a mentoring program to help younger kids excel at baseball,” according to the family’s statement.

From The Idaho Statesman idahostatesman.com 03/31/12:

Idaho soldiers' remains to arrive in Twin Falls
The Associated Press
Posted: 2:15pm on Mar 31, 2012; Modified: 2:20pm on Mar 31, 2012

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — Military officials say the body of U.S. Army soldier from Jerome will be turned over to his family at a private honorable transfer ceremony Friday at Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls.

Twenty-seven-year-old Sgt. Daniel J. Brown died March 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan after he was injured when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo.

Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho Army National Guard tells The Times-News (http://bit.ly/H0kPR2) the transfer ceremony is the way the military returns the bodies of soldiers killed in action.

A public funeral service for Brown is planned for 4 p.m. April 7 at the College of Southern Idaho's gymnasium.

From Times-News magicvalley.com 03/29/12:

Jerome Community Event, Funeral Planned for Army Sgt. Daniel Brown
By Julie Wootton - jwootton@magicvalley.com | Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 2:00 am

JEROME • A community event in Jerome is planned for today in memory of U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Brown.
The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Jerome City Park. Attendees are asked to bring yellow ribbons.
“It’s basically to show support for Dan’s family and all other military families,” event organizer Becky Hurd said.
Brown — a 27-year-old soldier from Jerome — died Saturday in Afghanistan after enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
Col. Tim Marsano, public affairs officer for the Idaho Army National Guard, said Wednesday he didn’t have any updates to share regarding Brown’s return to Idaho.
Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. April 7 at the College of Southern Idaho gymnasium.
Also, Jerome High School’s class of 2003 has set up the Dan Brown Memorial Fund. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch until April 6 or at tonight’s event.
All funds raised will go to Brown’s wife, Jordan, and 3-month-old twin daughters Mattie and Marlee.
Hurd — a Jerome resident who knew Brown — said she’d like to see a lot of people at tonight’s community event.
There aren’t any speakers scheduled. Event attendees will split into groups and walk around Jerome, posting yellow ribbons.
Hurd said there will also be a sign where community members can write a message for Brown’s family, who will receive it at a later date.
The event, she said, will also be an outlet for community members to remember Brown.
“I know a lot of people are hurting right now,” she said.

From Times-News magicvalley.com 03/30/12:

Family, Friends Honor Daniel Brown
y Julie Wootton - jwootton@magicvalley.com | Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:00 am

JEROME • Jordan Brown has thought about how she’ll have to explain to her daughters someday what happened to their dad.
The kind words of those who knew her husband — U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Brown — could help.
On Thursday night, more than 50 people attended a community event at Jerome City Park to remember Brown.
“It’s going to show my girls how many people love him,” Jordan said after the event. “I have all the words I need.”
She brought along twin 3-month-old daughters Mattie and Marlee in their stroller.
Brown was killed Saturday while serving in Afghanistan.
Jordan said it was overwhelming to see how many people care.
During a brief moment of calm after a day of rain, the crowd huddled around a picnic area for the event.
Many held small American flags, while others exchanged hugs. Attendees took turns writing messages to the family on a large paper banner.
Family members and friends took red, white and blue ribbons to tie around trees along some of Jerome’s main streets.
John Brannen — who works with Dan’s mother, Becky, in the College of Southern Idaho’s nursing program — came from Twin Falls to show support for the family and the armed forces.
He lost a daughter a few years ago, he said, and knows the impact losing a family member can have.
One of the event organizers, Nicole Auclaire, said many of Dan’s friends are mourning. The event, she said, was a place to gather and share memories.
Auclaire — who is a year younger than Dan — was his friend since elementary school.
The Jerome resident said she remembers walking home from school with Dan and their friends.
A few of Dan’s former educators spoke briefly at the event.
Patti O’Dell, associate superintendent of the Twin Falls School District, said Dan made the most standout impression on her that she’d ever had in 25 years of teaching.
When she was principal at Jerome High School, she saw how Dan helped his brother Matt during a graduation ceremony.
Matt, she said, was getting overwhelmed by the noise and size of the ceremony. Dan sat with him at graduation and accompanied him on stage to get his diploma.
“I thought to myself, ‘This is what life is about,’” O’Dell said.
She said Dan has left a legacy.
“Dan had made the ultimate sacrifice for every single person here today.”
Jerome teacher Jay Ostler shared his memories about teaching and coaching Dan.
He said Dan cared about the “really important things” like spending time with family and friends.
“Here’s a young man...” Ostler said, pausing to choke back tears, “who loved his country so much.”

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