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Fallen Hero SPC Micheal D. Brown

Ottawa, KS

Saturday, October 27, 2007

U.S. Army SPC Micheal D. Brown, 20, Williamsburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Landhstul, Germany. Services were held at the Ottawa University Chapel.

He was born June 23, 1987, in Emporia to William D. and Donna (Smith) Brown-Hollon.

He grew up in Emporia. He also lived in Little Rock, Ark. He moved to Williamsburg in 1997.

He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 2005.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2004 in the Delayed Entry Program. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson February 2005 and advanced individual training at Fort Rucker, Ala. He is a graduate of the 15P course and combat lifesaver course. He was a TOC NCOIC as a PFC while attached to the 82nd Medical Company with which he was deployed for OIF III. He redeployed with the 82nd Med in November 2006. Upon redeployment he was assigned to HHC, 1-1 ARB and was currently deployed with them in support of OIF 07-09. He was attached to TF Odin, an unmanned aerial vehicle unit. He served with Operation Iraqi Freedom III from November 2005 to November 2006 and Operation Iraqi Freedom IX from September 2007 to Oct. 16, 2007. His awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Wheeled Vehicle Drivers Badge, Aviation Crewman Badge and Rifle Sharpshooter Qualification Badge. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal posthumously.

He was a member of the Ottawa Community Church.

Survivors include his mother, Donna Hollon, and her husband, Steve, Williamsburg; a sister, Edna Brown, and her fiancÚ, Tim Hill, Williamsburg; a brother, Christopher Lynn Brown, Williamsburg; grandparents, Beulah Smith, Williamsburg, and Les and Edna Klieder, Cave City, Ark.; stepgrandmother, Dorothy Hollon, Williamsburg; a nephew, Jaden Hill, Williamsburg; and a girlfriend, Megan Branch, Bessemer City, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his father; a grandfather, William G. Smith, uncles, Roy Brown and Lonnie Smith; and a great-grandmother Walker.

Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Centropolis.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Ottawa Community Church in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at dengelmortuary@sbcglobal.net.