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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 15, 1918
Date of death: October 29, 1943
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Tahlequah, Okla.

As long as there are "Sooners" like Jack around, Oklahoma will never lack real boosters. If you want to know about the most civilized Americans previous to the Pilgrims from one who has always lived in the Cherokee Territory just come around and meet Jack. Like a true Oklahoman he is well versed in the history of his state, coming himself from a line which boasts a "gun-totin'" U.S. marshal in the days of the Indian Territory.

Jack has numerous accomplishments. He is particularly proud of his culinary skill as those who have made ketch trips with him can attest. Just give him a supply of cheese and eggs, a few loaves of bread, and a grill, and then stand from under.

He started out to be a teacher but now he's one of our hardiest sailors. He is headed for Pensacola and most of his spare time on leave is spent taking flying lessons. From the earnest manner in which he tackles his undertakings, Wahoo will surely be soon sporting those coveted wings.

Senior Member Boat Club.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


From Oklahoma War Memorial:

JACK LEFLORE BROWN, Lieutenant, Senior Grade, U. S. Navy. Home address: Tahlequah. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown, Parents, Tahlequah. Born September 15, 1918. Graduated U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1941. Of Choctaw Indian descent, member of well known LePlore family. Served with the fleet two years, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Three service stars for action at Pearl Harbor and in the Midway and the Coral Sea battles. At call for volunteers from his class, entered aviation. Trained at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, and at Pensacola, Florida, and would have received wings November 3, 1943. Died October 29, 1943, in airplane collision and crash due to heavy rain and low ceiling, near Pensacola, Florida. Funeral services at First Presbyterian Church and burial at Tahlequah.

He is buried in Oklahoma and was survived by his parents and sister.

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Jack is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.
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