TROY, AL, USA U.S. Army PFC, HHB 2D BATTALION 44TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY, FORT CAMPBELL, KY 42223 BAGHDAD, IRAQ 04/14/2003
A native of Alabama, Private First Class John Eli Brown was born on May 22, 1981 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown.
He received his High School diploma from the State of Alabama in 1998.
PFC Brown entered the Army National Guard on November 9, 1998. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then Advanced Individual Training at the US Army Training Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. from February to September 1999. PFC Brown was trained in military occupational specialty 31U –Signal Support Systems Specialist.
He entered active duty on October 8, 2002 in Montgomery, Ala. and was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky. on November 1, 2002.
PFC Brown was assigned as a Signal Support Systems Specialist and driver with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
He was recently promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC) on January 1, 2003.
On March 4, 2003 PFC Brown deployed with his unit to Kuwait in preparation for support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
PFC Brown lost his life on April 14, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq, along with his fellow Soldier and friend, SPC Thomas Foley III, 23, of Dresden, Tenn., when an unidentified piece of unexploded ordinance accidentally exploded.
During his four and half years of service to the nation, PFC Brown was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (posthumous), the National Defense Service Medal, the US Army Service Ribbon, the Air Assault qualification badge, the “Sharpshooter” qualification badge for the M16A2 Rifle, and the “Expert” qualification badge for the Hand Grenade.
As a Signal Support Systems Specialist, PFC Brown was primarily responsible for working with battlefield Signal support systems and terminal devices. Duties would include integrating Signal systems and networks and installing, operating and maintaining designated radio and data distribution systems and include:
-Integrating Signal systems and networks
-Installing, operating and maintaining designated radio and data distribution systems
-Performing Signal support functions
-Performing unit level maintenance on authorized Signal equipment and associated electronic devices
-Training and providing technical assistance to users of Signal equipment
-Operating and performing preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned vehicles and power generators