|Birth: Dec. 9, 1985
Death: Jul. 25, 2008, Afghanistan
Spc. Seteria L. Brown of Aliceville, Alabama graduated from Aliceville High School in 2004 and joined the Army shortly after. She enjoyed Army life and re-enlisted after her initial four-year contract expired and was a few months into her second overseas deployment after being sent to Afghanistan in April 2008. Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. Seteria was the mother of a seven year old daughter. She died in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident at age 22.
|From Tuscaloosa News tuscaloosanews.com
FALLEN WARRIORS: Aliceville soldier went after what she wanted
By Jane Self
Special to The Tuscaloosa News
Published: Monday, October 13, 2008 at 3:30 a.m.
When Army Spc. Seteria L. Harris Brown of
Aliceville put her mind to something, she almost
always got what she wanted, said her halfsister
Caressa King of Huntsville.
“We were talking about getting these big fancy
cars, and her dream was to have a BMW.” King
said. “Next thing I know, she’s reenlisted back
in the Army just to get it. She wanted herself a
Brown joined the Army shortly after graduating
from Aliceville High School in 2004. After her
four years were up, her mother, Michelle
Harris, hoped she would go to school as she had hoped when her daughter first went
into the Army. She made decent grades in high school and was smart enough to go to
“She didn’t want to go to school right then. And she said there weren’t any jobs or
anything around here,” Harris said. “The Army gave good bonuses. But I sure didn’t
want her to join the military with all that fighting and stuff.”
Harris said Brown spent a year in Iraq during her first Army stint and made it safely
home. Harris did not want her daughter going back, but she insisted.
“I told her she had my support regardless of her decision,” Harris said. “It wasn’t
mine to make. But I didn’t want her to do it.”
Brown left her 7yearold daughter, Shamya, with Harris in Aliceville.
Harris said when her daughter was younger, she talked about going into the shoe
business, becoming a mortician or doctor. She often talked about taking care of her
mom, letting her sit back and relax.
But that all changed.
After reenlisting in the Army this past spring, Brown was deployed to Sharana,
Afghanistan, with the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade of Fort Hood,
Texas. On July 25, the 22yearold specialist died of a gunshot wound in the chest.
The Army, which is still investigating the death, listed it as a “noncombatrelated
|From The Army Times armytimes.com 08/01/08:
Army investigating shooting death of soldier
Aug. 1, 2008 - 02:13PM
ALICEVILLE, Ala. — The Army is investigating the death of a 22-year-old soldier from Aliceville who was shot during a "non-combat-related incident" in Afghanistan.
Army Spc. Seteria L. Harris Brown died from a gunshot wound to the chest on July 25 while serving in Sharana, Afghanistan, the military said.
Her mother, Michelle Harris of Aliceville, said it's not clear what happened.
A spokeswoman at the Fort Hood, Texas, base where Brown had been stationed before deployment to Afghanistan, told the Tuscaloosa News in a Friday story that Brown's death is still under investigation and it was unknown how long the probe would take.
Brown had been assigned to Fort Hood's 36th Engineer Brigade since February and was sent to Afghanistan in April.
She joined the Army shortly after graduation from Aliceville High School in 2004 and re-enlisted after her initial four-year contract expired recently, her mother said.
She had a 7-year-old daughter, Harris said.
"She was such a sweet person," Harris said. "Everybody liked being around her. She always kept a smile on her face."
Brown's younger brother, Keiwan Harris, said he had been unable to talk his sister out of joining the Army.
"It was something she really wanted to do," he said. "She was always an independent person."
Brown's decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at New Canaan Baptist Church in Aliceville.