JOSEPH DEXTER BROWN, JR.
|The Citadel Class of:
||B, L (4), B (3), B – Sergeant (2), B – 2nd Lieutenant (1)
||Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
||Joseph Dexter Brown (father), Francis Finley Brown (mother)
|Branch of Service:
|Entered the Service from:
||6th Armored Infantry
||1st Armored Division
|Date of death:
||DOW sustained in battle 23-Jun-44
|Place of death:
||vicinity Grosseto, Italy
||Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
||Plot B Row 12 Grave 8
||Florence American Cemetery
||Activities – Anderson Citadel Club, Major – Business Administration
– Source: Sphinx 1942
LT. J.D. BROWN REPORTED KILLED
Parents informed of Son’s Death By Pal In Italian Sector
First Lt. Joseph Dexter Brown, Jr. son of the former Miss Frances Finley of York
has been reported killed in action in Italy according to word received by his parents,
Mr and Mrs J. Dexter Brown of Anderson. Although no announcement has been received
from the War department, a report of his death was received by his parents from a close
personal friend of Lt. Brown, who wrote his wife of the Anderson boy’s death, and asked
that she relay the message to Mr. and Mrs. Brown. The Letter was dated June 26.
Lt. Brown graduated from The Citadel in 1942, was attached to the First Armored Divission
of the Fifth Army in Italy. He was wounded at the battle of Macknassy and had been
awarded the Purple Heart. He received the Silver Star for the second time in January 1944,
and on May 10, he was made company commander. He was commanding officer of
headquarters company of his battalion when he was killed.
Lt. Brown participated in 12 engagements in the Tunisian campaign, was with the initial
landing force at Anzio beach, and saw service in the Italian campaign.
Lt. Brown is a grandson of Mrs. D.E. Finley and late Congressman Finley of York, and a
nephew of Solicitor W. Gist Finley of York.
– Source: The Evening Herald, Rock Hill S.C., Monday Afternoon, July 10, 1944
Lieutenant Brown Reported Killed
ANDERSON, July 10. – First Lt. Joseph Dexter Brown, Jr., has been reported killed in action
in Italy in a letter from a close friend of his, but so far no official announcement has been
made by the War department.
The letter, dated June 26, which was sent to Mr. and Mrs. J. Dexter Brown, of 712 Boulevard,
parent of Lieutenant Brown, was written somewhere in Italy by a close personal friend of
Lieutenant Brown and sent to his wife, a former Greenville girl now in North Carolina, with
the request that she relay the letter to the family in Anderson.
The letter said in part: “I have seen death, horror and destruction in the past two years, but
not enough that I could keep from crying when I was told the Lieutenant Dexter Brown, Jr.,
was killed in action. I wish there was some easy way for you to let his mother know. You
won’t find it any more pleasant than I do in writing. However, his father and mother would no
doubt like to know that his sufferings were not lengthy and that he died fighting. He fought
like a man and he died like a man.”
Lieutenant Brown has been in the services since graduating from The Citadel in June 1942. He
was twice awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He was attached to the First Armored
division of the Fifth army in Italy.
He actively participated in the Tunisian campaign, and was with the initial invasion forces at
the Anzio beachhead. He also participated in further action in Italy and in the Corsican campaign.
– Source: The Greenville News, 11 Jul. 1944, p.6.
Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Sphinx 1939/41/42, Dexter W. Brown, Greenville County Library South Carolina Room, Find A Grave.com, Willem Kiggen
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