KENNETH L. BROWN, CAPT, USMC

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 17, 1918
Date of death: November 23, 1943
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

KENNETH LYNDON BROWN

Bradford, N.H.

"Up in the Franconia Mountains God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that, in New England, He makes men." Proof of these words is found in the person of "Bunk," the "Bradford terror." Additional proof may be found in the testimony of any of the men he has met during his very successful boxing career here at the Naval Academy.

This lusty son of the mountains has been batting away at the world since he first started to crawl. His first coherent words, "He only has two hands, hasn't he?" were an apt prophecy of his never - say - uncle method of going through life. His frequent, but not serious, tangles with the powers-that-be, academic and executive, show his ability at both getting in and pulling out of trouble. Even if he had the opportunity, he could not sit by and consider life from the side of the road. Unless he is in the middle of a struggle, be it sports, studies, or some hard-to-convince person, he is not happy.

Boat Club 2, 1; Prop Gang 4; Boxing 4, 3, 2, 1 bNt; Battalion Football 4; Baseball 4, 3,2.

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

Loss

Kenneth was killed by enemy rifle fire on November 21, 1943, D+1 of the Battle of Tarawa.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Kenneth Lyndon Brown (MCSN: 0-7186), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Artillery Battalion Commander of the SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 21 November 1943. Conducting a reconnaissance in advance of his firing battery, Captain Brown discovered a group of infantrymen who had become separated from their regular units and, voluntarily assuming command, led them to a well-camouflaged enemy machine-gun pillbox emplacement which was delivering devastating cross-fire on our troops as they waded through the surf prior to gaining the beachhead. While maneuvering his group to the flank of the enemy weapon, several of his men were killed or wounded by a covering light machine gun and, in the face of almost certain death, he courageously exposed himself to the line of fire and was mortally wounded attempting to locate the hostile weapon. Captain Brown's grim determination, brilliant leadership and daring aggressiveness directly contributed to the saving of many lives and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 917 (February 8, 1944)
Action Date: 21-Nov-43
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Battalion: Artillery Battalion
Division: 2d Marine Division


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