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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Joseph Brown, Jr. [1], [2], [3]

Private, U.S. Army, World War I


Service No.: 3,512,491

Born: 22 Sep 1892 at Rockdale, Texas

Died: 10 Oct 1918 at France [4]

Age at time of casualty: 26 years, 0 months, 18 days

Home of Record: Rockdale, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married (Single at time of Draft Registration)

Occupation: Farmer

Attended: Gay Hill School, Milam Co., Texas

Religion: Catholic

Nickname: Joe

Draft Registration: 5 Jun 1917 [5]

Age at time of draft registration: 24

Draft Registration: Serial #498, Order #27

Classification: 42-1-56-A

Exemption claimed: None

Physical Description: Height-medium, Build-medium, Eyes-brown, Hair-black

Entered Service: 27 Jan 1918 at Cameron, Texas

Overseas Duty: 8 Sep 1918 to 10 Oct 1918

Ship/Unit: 328th Field Remount Squadron, Quartermasters Corps

Awards: None

Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness

Cause of Death: Broncho Pneumonia

Casualty Location: Camp Hosptial #41, France

Soundex Code: B-650

Census: 1900 Federal Census [6], 1910 Federal Census [7]

Parents: Joseph "Joe" Brown and Caroline Palmer Brown [8]

Brothers: Henry Brown, Albert Brown, Edward "Eddie" Brown, Willie Brown

Sisters: Mary Brown Dorenhoefer, Emma Brown Doss, Dora Brown Henninger, Rosie Brown Doss, Linda Brown Bruder, Katie Brown, Winnie Brown

Paternal Grandparents: George Braun and Theresa ________ Braun (German spelling)

Maternal Grandparents: ______________ Palmer and ______________ Palmer

Wife: Tony Annie Sweelky Brown Strelsky Hunt McClain, Rockdale, Texas

Children: Joe Brown, Rockdale, Texas [9]

Burial: 11 Oct 1918, American Expeditionay Forces Cemetery #58, Is-sur-Tille, France (Grave 78) by Chaplain Joseph A. Morris, 2nd Pioneer Infantry

Disinterred: 4 Nov 1920

Re-Burial: abt. 23 Feb 1921, Hirt-Braun Cemetery, Milam Co., Texas [10]

Arrangements: U.S. Government

Military Escort: Sergeant Paul Kranz, 18th Infantry (to the United States) & Private William Thornton (to Rockdale, Texas)

Milam County War Memorial: Left Panel

Note: Also found name listed incorrectly as: Joseph G. P. Brown, Jr., Joe Brown, Jr.

"Another Local Boy is Dead in France" [11]

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown of the Gay Hill community received a telegram from Washington last Thursday night announcing the sad news that their son, Joe, had died of pneumonia in France on October 10.

Young Brown was 26 years of age last September. He was a member of the June draft, and was trained at Camp Travis. His parents received a card from him announcing his safe arrival overseas on Sept. 29, and the next news they had of him was the telegram announcing his death.

Decedent was born and raised on the Brown farm near Rockdale, and was known and esteemed by many of our citizens. The Reporter joins in extending sympathy to his bereaved parents.

"Letter from France to Soldier's Widow" [12]

Mrs. Joe Brown, Jr. of the Gay Hill community is in receipt of the following tenderly worded letter from the Captain of the company to which her late husband belonged:

Headquarters, Field Remount Squadron No. 328, October 26, 1918 Mrs. Tony Brown, Rockdale, Texas.

Dear Madam: It is my sad duty to convey to you the information that your husband, Joe Brown, a member of Field Remount Squadron No. 328 (of which the writer is the Commanding Officer) became ill on October 4th, 1918 and was sent immediately to the hospital in a small town in eastern France, near the Remount Depot, where we are located at present and there, every attention from doctors and nurses was his. But pneumonia developed and caused his death at 8:30 p.m. on October 10th, 1918.

He was given a soldier's burial at 4:30 p.m., the following day, the grave was properly marked and there will be no trouble in locating it if at any time after the war you should care to have the remains taken up and shipped home.

It is impossible for me to find adequate words to express to you my sympathy and the sympathy of the members of Field Remount Squadron No. 328 in the irreparable loss to you of your husband. He was kindly, courteous, and generous-hearted to all those with whom he was associated and no man in the Squadron stood higher in the estimation of his superior officers than he. Madame, they tell me it is easy to die in battle. The spirit is stirred to a courageous madness by the rushing Squadrons, the roaring cannon and clashing steel, but to fall a victim to disease, to waste away as a result of sickness and bravely make the "supreme sacrifice" for home and country, as your husband did is the highest test of the soldier's courage, the strongest proof of the patriot's devotion.

Through the mysterious ways of an All-wise Providence such sad fate was your husband's. Madame, the consolation and glory to his mother of having borne a son who gave his life in the cause of freedom and for the eternal preservation of our own American homes is a priceless gift to the nation, and may the God of us all comfort you both in your sorrow as no words of mere man ever can.

The name of the town, close to where the remains lay at rest, will be communicated to you by the proper authorities.

Sincerely yours,

James W. Phillips,
Captain, Q. M. C. Commanding

"At Half Mast" [13]

In accordance with the custom established in Rockdale the United States flag in the city flag pole was last week lowered to half mast for 24 hours in honor of the memory of Joe Brown, Jr., who died for his country in France. Mayor H. C. Meyer and representative business men participated in the ceremony.


[1] Haulsee, Texas - p. 294

[2] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, Office of the Quarter Master General Burial Case Files, 1915-1939 (Record Group 92), National Archives Building, Washington, DC

[3] Military Service Card (Form No. 724-8, A.G.O.), Texas Military Forces Museum, Adjutant General of Texas, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

[4] No Texas Death Certificate found

[5] WWI Draft Registration, Milam Co., TX, M-1507, Roll 124.

[6] Milam Co., TX, T-623, Roll 1657, ED 72, SH 12B, LN 73 [7] Milam Co., TX, T-624, Roll 1578, ED 61, SH 10A, LN 40

[8] Holder, p. 149

[9] Interview with 21 May 1998

[10] Holder, p. 149

[11] Rockdale Reporter, 28 Nov 1918, p. 2

[12] Rockdale Reporter, 12 Dec 1918, p. 8

[13] Rockdale Reporter, 19 Dec 1918, p. 3.

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