Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Cpl. Henry L. Brown


22, of Natchez, Mississippi.
Died of wounds received from an enemy rocket attack south of Baghdad. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Field Armor Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 8, 2003.

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"Henry, the Class clown, my dear friend, and family member. I think about you all the time along with the other fellow loved ones I've lost because you all gave the ultimate sacrifice. Come tomorrow will be the anniversary of your lost and it hurts. That smile was infectious. I know you are watching over us. Just wanted to drop in to let you know you are not forgotten and definitely will always be remembered, loved and honored"
Ceressa Rice of Waco, TX

"What can I say, Bro. Brown...My friend, My Cable Tow /G\. I can remember all those late nights in Mannheim studying and you playing with my kids whenever you would come over. I was truly saddened to hear what had happen to you my brother. I remember getting the call around 2am that next morning. It was a pleasure to have such a knowledgeable young man as a friend and bro. Those who knew you knew that you were far beyond your years. Such an intelligent young man. I was glad to have served with you my brother. Until we meet again. To the East my Brother/G\

Some Mote it Be!!!"
Bro. Pernell Owens of Richmomd, Virginia

"Whelan_mn@yahoo.com"
Nicole

"I'm trying to get in contact with Rhonda James Brown. My husband was with Henry on the medical helicopter. Thank you"
Nicole of Vine Grove KY

"Still thinkin about you bro. Your memory is written in the pages of our hearts and will continue to guide our actions and inspire us to do what we can for who we can... Love you hotel bravo."
M. Hayes of Loma Linda, CA

"Hello cuzn. Thinking of you. I was sitting here thinking about the time me, you, Kitress and the rest of the rug rat was outside playing basketball. You just knew you was the best which u was but i wasnt going to give u that title that easy without a challenge. I really miss u but i know that heaven has the best angel ever. Love you cuzn....."
Brandy Bloodsaw Davis of Ferriday La (now) Daleville Al

"A decade ago we lost a wonderful soldier and an awesome human being...Thank you for your sacrifice Battle Buddy! R.I.P. mission complete"
SSG Myers of Brandon, Ms

"Brown, it's been 10 years....I was there and I thank you for your service and we are still serving in you honor..."
SFC Samantha Brown of Fort Knox,KY

"I still think of u my brother. I know u looking over us....We miss u, alot!!!! Love u bro!!"
Ian St.Prix of Mannheim Germany

"To the family of:Henry L. Brown
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"IT WAS MANY YEARS AGO THAT THIS HAPPENED, AND I STILL WONDER TO THIS DAY. IF I WAS THE REASON HE DIED, I REMEMBERED TALKING TO CPL BROWN THAT MORNING. HE WAS IN A HARD SHELL BUILDING(SAFE), WITH OTHER SOLDIERS I WANTED TO CALL MY MOM TO LET HER KNOW I WAS OK. SINCE HE WAS THE DRIVER FOR A HMMMMV THAT HAD A PHONE, SO I ASKED HIM TO USE IT AND WHEN HE WENT OUTSIDE TO TO LET ME USE THE PHONE HE REALIZE IT WAS NOT WORKING AND TRIED TO FIX IT. I WAS ON ANOTHER PHONE A FEW VEHICLES DOWN FROM HIS WHEN THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED. ITS 2012 THIS HAPPENED IN 2003 AND I AM STILL SITTING HERE TODAY WITH THIS MEMORY. IF I WAS THE REASON HE DIED I HOPE HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN FORGIVE ME. ON ANOTHER NOTE I WAS SO SCARED DURING THE INVASION SO ALMOST EVERY TIME I HEARD AN EXPLOSION I WOULD ASK HIM IS THAT FRIENDLY? HE WOULD LAUGH AND SAY YES. UNTIL THIS EXPLOSION HAPPENED THEN I GOT UP BLEEDING KNOWING THIS WAS THE ENEMY....... PLEASE GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY"
O. B of SAN ANTONIO, TX

"To the Brown family, I carry SPC Brown with me everyday since April 8th 2003. I was a combat medic during OIF and was one of the last people to see him alive. I have thought about him every year around the anniversary of his death and most of all around Memorial day. It has taken me 8 years to comment or say anything publicly. Today as we approach memorial Day and your remember your American Hero, remember he was a true American Hero. My thoughts go out to you and I wish you all the best"
Blackmon of HI

"I can't believe its been seven years, there's very few days that go by that I don't think of you. You encouraged me to keep strong thanks for your kind words and lasting memories."
justin peace of cleveland, oh

"Sorry for your family loss. I know that it is many years later but I was there My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Brown family. I realize that this is many years late and no one will probably even see this and most importantly Mrs. Brown-Hayes but I did want to say that I was very sorry that day when I saw him wounded at the intersection of HWY 1 and HWY 10. I am a member of a SOF unit then and now and never wanted to communicate with any of the families that had lost their loved ones while I was there but now I am attempting to just say how sorry I am that I couldn’t have done more. If any of the family ever has any questions you can contact me any time at troyx6@yahoo.com."
TROY of US ARMY USA

"Hey cousin although my time I met u was brief I an sooooo proud of u and I look up to for courage and dedication to our country!!
"Love Larnise""
larnise hayes of washington dc

"We are the Cottle family and we live in a small rural town just south of Salt Lake City, called Spanish Fork. Every year, a city near us, Provo, celebrates the 4th with what they call The Freedom Festival. If we remember correctly, in July of 2003 our family bought an American Flag with Henry's name on a big, yellow ribbon attached to the flag and pole. It was purchased as part of a donation effort to raise money for family's of fallen heroes like Henry. We just wanted Henry, his family, friends and those who served with him to know that we honor Henry and other fallen servicemen/women by proudly displaying that flag in our yard. It has become quite a tradition in our family to fly this flag dedicated to Henry on any occasion that calls for the flag to be flown. We've become quite attached to this flag and what it stands for. We didn't know Henry but feel a connection to him through this small gesture. Thanks for the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country. Henry, you are a hero to us!"
BC of Spanish Fork, Utah

"It's almost 7 yrs since God called you home and I often think of you. I remember our yrs at McLaurin and you were one of my closest friends. When I came back from Iraq myself it was a great shock to learn of your untimely passing. It made me angry but also appreciate the fact that I was able to know you. To his family, my condolences and my God confort you knowing that Henry is looking down on us with that smile only he possessed."
Major Ricardo Curtis USMC of Washington D.C.

"To the Brown family,
You have my deepest sympathies on the lost of Henry. He was a great person. We were in the same platoon in Germany. He kind of reminded me of myself. Some people called him little Marshall. He often talked about Natchez. He was easy to talk to and he had an undeniable faith in God and you could tell just by his actions. I was saddened to hear of his passing. I will always consider him a friend."
SSG Montrell Marshall of Killeen, TX

"To:Mrs. Jodona L. Brown

It has been more than 6 years since the last time that I was able to speak with Henry L. Brown. It still hurts me to even talk about his un timely death. It is often said that the good die young but sometimes I wounder why.
I meet your husband during our 6 month tour for Operation Desert Spring. He had been recently selected to be Colonel Perkins driver and some of the brigade leadership was kind of wary of him taking the job because he was only a specialist at the time. I remember when we first met and he wanted to know where I was from and he was also impressed by the fact that I was only 22 and was already a SSG. Rank was never an issue with the two of us because it seemed like we had known each other for many years. We often talked about what the military truly meant to each of us and what was our future plans.
Henry loved the military and the military loved him. Not only was he able to become the Colonel's driver but he also took charge of Command Group. I remember many nights that we would sit in front of his tent and talk about life and thing that made us happy. He really loved you and his entire family in Mississippi. He would often attempt to defend his state but " I would have to inform him that I was the orginal Brown and that he was the generic imposter. If he was not out driving Colonel Perkins he would come to my office each day and we would go to the big circus tent and have lunch together. I remember speaking with you over the phone one night and Henry and I discussed rooming together because your unit was scheduled to replace our unit for Operation Desert Spring. He would always brag about coming home and driving his Honda and he had plans to completely customize his ride.
He cared for everyone that wore the uniform. Henry loved snacks and would often pick up items for the PX whenever he went to the rear during training. There are some many things that I could discuss about your husband but I miss him and I love him. I know that it is painful at times because those few months that I spent with him had a lasting impact on my life. I am truly honored to have served with such a compassionate individual."
Ontorio Brown of Atlanta, Georgia

"Henry, It has been 6 years since we said goodby to you. I have never given up on the idea of you walking into my house again one day. I often think that you are just a prisoner of war or something. I know that this is wishful thinking, However I cannot give up hoping. I am praying for your Mama and wife."
Your Other Mama, Beverly H. Woods of Natchez, Miss.

"Henry .....my man it was an honor to serve with you buddy.......we used to argue like hell.....haha and ill always remember you telling me "man that's a head turner Cooke i hear ya!" when i bought that honda......never for get you trooper! Love ya...."
Sgt. Stanley Cooke of Covington, VA

"Henry it has been 5 years since we lost you. I still expect you to walk through the door. I will continue to keep open arms for you. I will always love you and Jo Donna. Your Other Mama"
Beverly Woods of Natchez, Miss.

"This Memorial day weekend, I think of you Brown. I know you are in a better place in heaven, but still the world down here misses you. I'm honored to have known you. Jodona, I'm thinking of you too."
Linda Pettai of San Diego, Ca

"I can't put into words the sadness that exists when I think of Brown or pull him up to look at his picture and still I am in disbelief! The only thing I can tell myself is to trust in God that everything happens for a reason. We were all young adolescents when we met on Coleman Barracks(69 Trans) having fun and experiencing a new way of life in a foreign country. "Who knew we would find friends that would end up being life long connections?" I am honored that I was able to meet Henry Brown. "He was such a sweet heart". There is a special bond that exists only among those who served with eachother. I have so many memories of Brown with his crew. I will only mention a few, like his battle buddies and him just hanging out. He use to knock on the door to mine and Brooks room, and come in and joke and talk and always challenge some part of a conversation. He would always dismiss himself by telling me that He was going to go pay a visit to his girl(Jo Donna). He would say he was going to paint her toe nails. (LOL)! Rosado, Shockley and Myself(Loretto) have often mentioned old stories about brown and all of the coleman barracks soldiers we lived with and one thing we know for sure is that those were some of the best times we will never forget. It's nice to see statements from old associates celebrating Henry's life. I just thought I would too! God bless The Entire Brown family! Always a battle buddy SSG Erkins(Loretto)"
Christy Erkins(formerly Loretto) of Ft. Carson, Colorado

"Dear Brown Family, I am very sorry for your lost, I have good memory from Cpl Brown, when I was station at Coleman Barracks, in Manheim, 69th transportation 2nd Platoon, I remember your son, always made us smile, always keeping us on point on what to do, a great person and a great soldier, god bless you all."
SPC. Adler Canales from 2nd Platoon "dirty Deuce" of Brooklyn, NY

"January 6, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Henry L. Brown:
Henry gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Henry,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, loved ones, and fellow soldiers, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Hey Henry,

It's amazing how I'm remembered of you. I'm here at Ft Campbell now, but i was driving down the road, and saw a collage of fallen soldiers... all I saw was Henry Brown. Immediately I remembered you and Pridgen. You are truly one in a billion. It was a priviledge to know you, and it's even more of a priviledge to remember you. You my friend are one individual that more need to strive to be like. Hopefully one day we will meet up again."
linda pettai of clarksville, tn

"BROWN WHILE STATIONED WITH 603RD TRANS IN GERMANY YOU HELPED ME REALIZE HOW BENIFICIAL HAVING MY CERTIFICATION WAS. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU GIVEN ME A CHANCE TO MAKE YOU LAUGH ON THE REGULAR. I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU FOREVER. YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY HAVE MY BLESSINGS. BROWN YOUR ARE THE FIRST REAL HERO I HAVE EVER MET ONE ON ONE AND I WILL ALWAYS LET YOUR MEMORIES LIVE THROUGH ME. FA REAL."
JOSEPH "BIG JACK" JACKSON of pensacola, fl

"BROWN WHILE STATIONED WITH 603RD TRANS IN GERMANY YOU HELP ME REALIZE HOW BENIFICIAL HAVING MY CERTIFICATION WAS. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU GIVEN ME A CHANCE TO MAKE YOU LAUGH ON THE REGULAR. I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU FOREVER. YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY HAVE MY BLESSINGS. BROWN YOUR ARE THE FIRST REAL HERO I HAVE EVER MET ONE ON ONE AND I WILL ALWAYS LET YOUR MEMORIES LIVE THROUGH ME. FA REAL."
JOSEPH "BIG JACK" JACKSON of pensacola, fl

"It's been a while brother but I have not forgotten! RIP God Bless you! We that knew you, still miss you.
Desert Rogues!"
SGT Frank Ugolini of Ft. Stewart, Ga

"God Bless you and your family Brother!!!!
Desert Rogues!!!"
SGT Frank Ugolini of Ft. Stewart, GA

"Dear Hotel Bravo, i dont know where to start but here i go. Its me hayes its been a while man todays date is 6/8/06 and like another person wrote i think about u EVERY DAY. This has been a hard situation to deal with. I guess that i have not wrote because in doing so it is kinda like letting go. You know that is something that i have not wanted to do for so long. Let me tell u that u made the army easy for me because of your love 4 it. U made it ok for us as E2,s 3's and 4's to walk around like real soldiers and thats how we were treated. I miss u so much man. I read all these nice things that all of these good folks have wrote to and about u and it gives me the chills. Every one who knew u loved u so much u were truly THE MAN. Looking back at it all i have some of the best memories of the army because of u. (i dont want to offend anyone but i want to tell one of the many Brown stories that i have)Brown and I were at the shopette on cloeman brks one night before i had to go on a mail mission with big jack from 3rd platoon (not sam but the other one) i was saying that i did not want to buy any snacks because he (jackson) would eat them all. So Brown comes up with this idea to get a couple of hershey bars and some of those chocholate laxative bars. So when i said yes Brown just lost it laughung like crazy. In fact he pushed me while laughing making me knock over a cart in the front of the store cutting my right shoulder badly (i still have the scar to this day). So brown and i get back to the b's and we break up the laxative and the candy bars into two clear bags. One that was for me that had only hersheys in it and jackson's having both mixed together. The mission comes and like brown and i planed it i started to eat my bag and big jack would ask for some. So when he did i gave him the bag that we preped for him. He ate it like a last meal for a man on death row! It took all my might not to laugh but i stayed cool. The mission that we were on was a long drive so several hours went by before big jack just about lost it. He had no idea what was wrong with him at all and it had been so long i forgot too, then i remembered. We were almost about 1 block away from the hotel when jack says STOP THE TRUCK NOW!!!!!! He gets out and wants to walk the rest of the way so i let him. I park and he finally gets there walking like he was on egg shells the whole way it was priceless. That was one of the things that i will never forget about that guy he was so funny. I remember how he would sing this song where he would say "I wonder will the lighthouse shine on me" and he would do it all off key but i would always ask him to sing it for me cause it gave me peace funny huh? Man i could go on and on about this guy and his crazy self. I hope that one day i can get to see u again in heaven along with all of those who have passed away. I can say that my life has not been the same since that day when 1SG Rouse told us all in a group that Brown was gone that was a very low point in my life. I felt so sorry that i kind of went into my own little world. Brown was a 1 of a kind guy u dont meet people like him just by chance. I think that god has his own prototype of people that he wants in heaven and he shows them to u and has them show u things then he takes them away before u notice them. Brown please know that u were one of the finest people that walked the earth while u were alive. A true man of god. U gave me alot of praise while we were in the army but i was only trying to keep up with u bro know that!!! I was able to speak to your mother a few years ago on my birthday back in 04 and i was not ready. The sound of her voice shook my soul and made me cry like a baby. I still have those photos that she sent me up in my house. In the army u meet people who always try to make their life story sound hard or more like a movie but not u, u were always real and told things just as they were never lied to make things sound better or worse than they were i commend your family for raising such a good man. Now days i just try to keep u in my heart and on my mind and to me u will never die. EVER! One day soon i hope to get a chance to come to your grave site and pay my respects. I will never forget u and your super shined boots or your crisp BDU's. Hayes"
Marcus Hayes of San bernardino, CA

"Brown Family,
A good man, a good friend, a heck of a battle buddy. We first clicked up in AIT, later went to Germany together were we ran the show. He was always a competetive person and we were always in competition in whatever we do, who can get the rank faster, who could get more miles. Knew exactly how to keep the laughs going in the party. Wow the memories, we both always bragged about we both from the sipp, he was Alcorn fan, and I was J-State much love to your family who has lost a great man and person. My love goes out to you all. He will not be forgotten, 99-01 Coleman Barracks, march on Cpl Brown, march on" MIKES FOR LIFE...."
Sgt Stevens, Tony of camp spearhead, kuwait (ft story, va)

"Henry, it's taken a while for me to be at peace with you being gone. I still can't believe it to this day. I remembered reading about it and I was in tears for days. All I kept saying was, "Not Henry." I remember when my Dad retired from the army and he finally moved back to Natchez from the Hinesville/Ft. Stewart area. You made me feel at home. We used to have so much fun during our lunch periods with my cousin Vemitria and Kamithia and everyone else. In Ms. Kimball's geometry class, you used to joke about me liking Lawerence James. Thank-you for always making me laugh and assuring me that I would pass Geometry and graduate with my class in 1998. You were a wonderful friend and I'll never ever forget you. RIP

Ms. Rhonda Brown, I'm sorry for your loss. I truly wanted to make it home for his funeral, but I couldn't. My grandmother, Ms. Rosie Stewart on Lynda Lee Dr came for me. Thank-you for raising Henry to always be good to people. I'll continue to pray for you.

Ms. JoDona Brown, I know you don't know me, but I just want to let you know that your husband was a truly wonderful person. He was one of the first people that I met when I moved back to Natchez. I know that him being gone will never be okay, but it will get easier with God's help. I will continue to pray for you as well."
Paris January parissj1@yahoo.com of Indianapolis IN

"Thank-you for your service and your sacrifice. May God bless your family."
KP of Ilinois

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the Late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy. Henry Brown gave his life to protect all of us and we will always be grateful for his service to our country. Without men like him we would have no freedom. We are so grateful that he was an American."
Lanny Giorgi of Angels Camp, California

"Henry, My Henry.
You were like a son to me. You and B.J.
were like brothers. You grew up in my house and B.J. in yours. I will always love you. I miss you every day. You were a jewel in our lives (Mine and B.J.'s) He has not been the same since you left this world. The thing I loved most about you was your love of God. You also showed all the young men you came in contact with how to treat and love their mothers. Your choice of a wife was a home run. We will always love her, her smile, her kindness and genuine faith.
As you said time and time again, "I love my country." This you proved. Sleep on and take your rest. We loved you but God loved you best.

YOUR OTHER MAMA (Beverly)"
Beverly H. Woods of Natchez, Miss.

"Henry it has been more than 2 years since God called you home and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. As time goes by the pain seems to numb, but the wounds from your loss will forever remain. I am comforted by the thought that only your body has gone from this earth. Your spirit lives on eternally. As long as you are in our hearts your memory will never die. As your best friend there are things we did that no one else will ever know about. We grew from bad little boys to proud young men. Your house was my house and mine was yours. When I left for college, you were leaving for the army. As the years went by I looked forward to your calls and when you came home on leave. Just when I was making my peace with your grandmother's passing, they call and tell me that you had been killed. I don't think I have experienced a sadder day. You always said that God had a plan and I guess that this was just part of the plan unfolding. Now I must finish alone what we started together. Moosie doesn't have to worry though, she still has a son and Jo still has a brother if they ever need anything. Sleep well my friend because I am sure we will see each other again. Brothers Forever"
Frank (B.J.) Woods III of Natchez,MS

"Henry you may be Gone but certainly not Forgotten. May God continue to bless your family, and friends as they remember the times that have been shared. NHS C/O 99"
Walidah McClain-Smith of Natchez, MS

"You are never forgotten Henry. May God continue to bless your family and all those you left behind. It is not meant for us to know God's plans for our lives, but it is meant for us to trust in Him and know that He knows what is best for all of us. Always and Forever Natchez High School Class of 1999!!!!"
Dee Dee Dunmore of Jackson, MS /USA

"You're Gone but not Forgotten!!
Thanks for the sacrifice you made for this country.. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and may God grant you comfort during this time of loss. NHS C/O '99"
Jessica Walker of Memphis, TN

"Dear Brown Family,
I am very sorry for the loss and very sorry it took this long for me to write but this is the first time I ever seen this site. I served with your son in the 3ID in 1/64 AR . I liked your son alot....he was a great person....very friendly, always a great attitude and always a smile. I wish it was me instead of your son."
SPC. Jonathan Boyer of Philadelphia PA USA

"To the Brown Family,In Honor of Henry , I salute you for your bravery and dedication in service to your country . With great appreciation on this Memorial Day 2005 "God Bless You and Keep You in His Grace !"
Jorgi Sanders of Jackson , Mississippi

"I don't have an diiiaaammmooonndddssss!!!!! RIP"
Larry Wright of Natchez, MS

"i dont know you but iam so sorry. just on old soldier"
koren vet of grand rapids michigan

"Henry

Rest in peace brave soldier."
Mary & Ray Dickson of Gautier, MS. USA

"cpl brown its piamonte.. i am still at a loss for words.. first pena and then you both of my first line supervisors taken.. it was hard enough when pena passed and when i found out you were gone i lost it.. i fell to my knees and cried.. it was hard to find strength... i remember one of the last times we talked in front of the defac in camp n.y. i enjoyed our conversations... man i was only like 100 meters away from that blast.. never thought that you were in the middle of it.. if only i knew i could have done something to help you.. i'm sorry... i hope you know that you are forever embedded in my heart and memory...i will never forget you... i promised pena i will come see him when i get out of this army next year .. and i will do the same for you.. i have something to give to you.. until then.. mission first men always.. desert rogues... support pltn 1-64ar"
mike piamonte of ft stewart ga u.s.a.

"Dear Brown Family I am very sorry about your loss. When we lose people we are just gaining more angels in the place of him. GOD wanted him for a reason and didn't want to let him stay in this awful world we live in. Just remember GOD has him and knows whats best for him.May GOD bless each and every one of you."
Keri Smith of Morgan City, Louisiana

"Dear Jodana & Brown family
The day that we had to lay Henry to rest next to his grandmother was the most difficult time of my life, and there is not a day goes by that I don't think about Henry and how my soul has been stricken by him, it was hard enough for me when I had lost spc Pena on 7 Nov, that horrible night and had promissed his wife, that I would bring him home safe, was to hard for me to bear, but when I lost Henry & Pena, my life has not been the same for me as a soldier, when you loose great soldier's and friends like Henry and Pena, you come to understand you cannot protect them as you would like, because life sometimes feels so unfare for people that love these soldier's so much.
Mrs Brown and family, my heart & soul has a hole where Henry's kindness and caring was and I miss my soldier's very heavely in my heart.
My best wishes to you all."
SSG James D. Payton of Camp Humphreys, Korea

"To Mrs. Jodona (Henry) Brown and Mrs. Brown. My wife and I condolences. Bro. Henry was a great Man, Husband, Soldier and Brother. I served with him also in the 69th Trans Co in Germany. I took Brown under my wings as a PVT, him and PVT Steele who also served with him in the same unit at FT. Stewart. Yes, he was one of the few soldiers who kept his head up in times of adversity and encouraged his peers to do the same. Although Brown wasn't in my squad his wife was one of my soldiers. We all reunited again in Georgia, it was like old times. Jodona, I can still your face in the Hummer after recieving the sad news. Jodona, of course you know he was a good man. Henry thought the world of you. Every time we got together he would talk about his wife even before you were married. He will be greatly missed....... Brett Calloway
brett.calloway@us.army.mil / onebone27@hotmail.com"
Brett Calloway, US ARMY (ret) of Savannah, GA... 416th Trans Co, Hunter Army Airfield

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Henry, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/8/04)

"Corporal Brown, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family and loved ones of Henry L. Brown your hero will always be with you and watch over you. From all his friends and family he sounds like an outstanding man and great soldier.God Bless You and Peace be with you!"
Dana Husley of Mississippi

"Thank you Henry Brown, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Thank you for sharing memories of Henry with the media. It's important to know a little about those who have sacrificed so much for us. Henry won't be forgotten. You're in my prayers. May God comfort you"
Kelli

"Pridgen ,There is power in every day you face. Be encouraged. stay strong and stay with the Lord. Trust the Lord to be your comfort."
CSM Ronald Brown of Panama City Florida

"To Jodona Pridgen and Moosie I know there are no words I can share for the loss you have faced. "Jo" be strong always shoot for the moon if you miss you'll be amongst the stars. Rhonda hearing Henry speak of you and home always brightened all our days. His charisma, momentum, laughter, sadness,and gracefulness touched each and every one of us. I hope Henry's love for the Lord will be both of your strength from now until forever. May God continue to bless and keep you. "Jo" Ilove you as my own sister. CSM R. Brown sends his love to you Jo. Keep Holdin On!"
Sylenthia Beltran of Panama City Florida

"im george mitchells mother im so sorry for your lose i know words cannot explain how we feel....i know your son as well as mine was and is a hero"
Cynthia Mitchell of lebanon pa

"To the Brown family:
I was stationed with Henry, he arrived a couple of months before I did. Our platoon lost a valuable asset and a great person when he left Germany. I know that the world has lost one of the truly good natured, inspirational role models that it has so few of. I'm not normally a spiritual person, but I can't help but think that he might be somewhere watching over those of us who miss him. It's a comforting thought that makes me want to live my life with the attitude that he approached everything with. Always positive, never selfish, and never lazy. My deepest sympathy to his family and the rest of his friends.

Pridgen...I'm so sorry. Stay as strong as we all know you are.

foreveradolescent@yahoo.com"
Kris Vinson (Vince) of San Diego, Ca

"TO THE BROWN FAMILY;
I AM THE FATHER OF SPC.GEORGE A.MITCHELL,ANOTHER FINE HERO LIKE HENRY,GEORGE OFTEN TALKED ABOUT HIS TENT MATES AND HENRY WAS ONE OF THEM,I DO HOPE WE WILL MEET UP SOME DAY AND SHARE OUR THOUGHTS,I ALSO HAVE A PICTURE OF THEM AT A CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU."
George A.Mitchell Sr. of Enola,Pa.

"The Brown Family,

A number of years ago, I met Henry when I was visiting my daughter, Captain Kristin Blake, in Germany. I had the privilege to speak with Kristin's platoon members and I was struck by their humor, camaraderie and pride. They made me fully aware of how much we owe our soldiers and how all soldiers are the guardians and guarantors of our precious liberties. My deepest sympathy to all of you and may God grant you comfort during this time.

With great respect,"
Dr. Francis Grandinetti of Ridgway, PA

"I am so sorry to hear about a good man like Henry Brown loosing his life. He was a good friend, one who would make you smile for no particular reason. I remember when I first met him in Germany. He was one of the first to show me around and welcome me with open arms to the 28th Transportation Battalion.
You will truly be missed your friend
SGT Valmont

Stay Strong Pridgeon"
Rashad Valmont of Huntsville, Alabama, Madison

"The Brown Fam.

I've heard about soldiers that I never knew losing ther lives, and as a fellow soldier I moan their losses. But when I was alarmed with the loss of Henry, a very good friend of mine's a sudden chill went through my body. Henry was one of the guys who welcomed me to the 28th Trans Bn. We would sit everyday after work and drink, listen to music, play dice games and talk about whatever came up. I remember the times we would just get drunk and catch the bus and go to the club. These memories will remain with me forever, along with the memories of what an outstanding soldier and individual you were. Jodona, you made a good choice and married a wonderful you man. I can't truly say I feel your pain. May god be with you and the rest of your family. Henry was a good man and I hope one day we'll all be togther.
From the old crew with love:
St.Prix, Owens, Hayes, Valmont and Jack."
St.Prix, Ian of Mannheim Germany, 28th Trans BN

"To CPL Brown's family and Jodona-
I will never forget Henry. I was his first platoon leader when he came to Germany and became part of the "Rough Riders". I remember talking to him and thinking that I had received a good soldier, but he proved me wrong-he was a great soldier. Even today, when I think of him, I have to smile. I remember him going through the drivers academy, the eventful FTX and when he finally got his license. I will never forget Henry, and his memory will live on in all the soldiers that he touched. It was an honor to have served with him.
My deepest condolences,
"LT Grandinetti"
CPT Blake of Fort Rucker, Alabama

"Henry, you were my bestfriend, husband and soulmate. I loved you more than I love myself. You are the love of my life and no one will ever change that. When things were going bad in my life, He was the only one that could make things all better. The last time I seen Henry was on Sept. 21, 2002. The last time I talked to him was on Feb. 27,2003. There was not a day that went by that I didn't cry because I missed him so much. Even when he would call, I would want to talk for hours, but knew I couldn't. What many don't know is that I am a soldier too. I was in Iraq when he was killed. Now, that I am back home, I am still waiting by the phone for him to call, still counting the days when he will walk though the door with open arms and tell me that he loves me. Even though I know that he will no longer be doing any of these things, my heart won't let him go, and to be honest, I hope I NEVER do. I LOVE YOU HENRY, PLEASE STAY WITH ME FOREVER!"
Mrs. Jodona L. Brown (wife) of Savannah, GA USA

"We thank you for the sacrafice Henry made for us. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you Henry, May God keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Henry Brown:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Henry for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Henry Brown:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Henry, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"To the Brown Family: just reading all the wonderful things I read in everyone's messages made me wish I had known Henry. He sounds like a young man any mother would be proud to call her son. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during these sad times."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"SPC Jodona Brown & "Moosie" Brown

JoDona, You know how much I love you. You are like my own daughter. There are no words that I can say that will ease your pain, just know that God will NEVER allow us to go through anything that He will not help us to get through. Blake, myself and the kids are all here for you. We loved Henry too. There's a space in our hearts that became a little lighter on 8 April 2003. I won't say empty, because the space was just for him. He's the kind of guy that if you know him and love him, you can never forget him. I know how much he loved you JoDona. We will miss Henry, but only until God calls us to come home.

"Moosie"

I say that because that is the name Henry gave to you Mother Rhonda. Henry never had anything but good things to say about you. Even when we would share "growing pain" stories, he always said how strong you are and how close the two of you have always been. I know I don't have to tell you that only God can heal the hurt. We loved Henry and he became a big part of our family here in Germany. He and JoDona both are such a part of our lives. The love that we have for him will always be. Thank you for raising Henry in the fear of the Lord. He was very easy to love and your strength shined through in him. You are forever in our prayers!!"
Darryl & Traci Lynch

"To Henry's family

I found out today 14 April 2002 in the Washington Post and when I seen Cpl Browns picture I felt so bad. I know Henry Brown well, I was his first platoon sergenat when he arrived in Germany. He was among the best and is a very good soldier. I pray for him and his soul. I truly believe that Henry was one the best soldier/person/young man I have ever met. I feel the lost and I will never forget Henry because of the person he was I will truly miss him. I alway thought that I would see him again I guess it will be a little longer and when I do I will see that same smile that I saw everyday and I can still hear him "Good morning Sarge" God Bless"
former SSG Mark E. Blanton of Washington DC

"Jodona Brown,

I am very sorry for your loss. You know we all are here if you need anything at anytime. Jodona, Lynette and I are praying for you everyday. Know that we are here for you.

CPT Davidson"
Scott Davidson of Mannhiem, Germany

"DEAR BROWN FAMILY,

My name is CPT Scott Davidson, I was your son's Platoon leader in Germany in the 69th Trans Co. It was a blessing to serve with a man of his character and dynamic qualities. He touched so many different soldiers' lives while he was here in the 28th Trans Bn. He was a top notch soldier, that was very dependable and could always accomplish any mission. His loss weighs heavy on all of hearts. I hope if you need anything, you will not hesitate to call or write. My email is scott.davidson@army.mil . Words can not describe how much we will miss him. God Bless you.
V/R,

CPT Davidson"
Scott Davidson of Mannheim, Germany

"Dear Brown Family,

I am assigned to CPL Brown's old battalion in Mannheim, Germany. Although I did not know CPL Brown, his loss is echoed through this battalion. My condolences are with you in the face of this tragedy, but words are never enough. I have read the letters others have written about this soldier and feel that his sacrifice was a proud one.
I can't imagine the loss and pain you are feeling, I can only guess how difficult it must be. I hope your pride in this young soldier conquers the pain and you are left with only loving memories of the fond times you shared together. Be strong for one another. May peace soon find you.
With heartfelt sorrow,"
Patricia D Vaughn, SGT, USA 28th Trans Bn Training of Mannheim, Germany

"Dear, Mrs Brown,
I've had work with your son as his Platoon Sergeant, I can proudly say that I had the honor to work with such a proud, motivated and caring person. If there is one thing that i can say about CPL Brown it would be that he loved the Army. I will Truly miss him. CPL Brown you will always be in my heart and thought. I will see you someday in Heaven, my friend. OH there's some name he never stop talking about and that was the love of his life her name was Moosie."
Darryl B. Lynch of Mannheim Germany

"Mrs. Brown

Hello maam, I am very sorry for the loss of your son. My name is Spc. Owens, and I served with your son at the 69th trans co. in Mannheim Germany. Maam I would really like to thank you for raising such a good man, you really did a good job. In just two year, he taught me so much about the military, and life. I know I dont do everything the way he tried to tell me, but i try, and that was all he wanted. I could go on all day about the things he has done for me and others who knew him. Im really sorry about your son and if there is anything i can do for you or the family please let me know. I will do everything in my power to do it because i know without a doubt in my mind he would do it for my family.

Spc. Owens"
LaVon Owens of Mannheim Germany

"Spc. Jodona Brown

Im very sorry about what has happend to your husband, your best friend. I really dont know what to say. Im very proud of Brown, and I always admired the fire he had in him. He never gave up, and I know he did his best, because he really cared about his job and his fellow soldiers. I miss you very much and i wish me and my wife could be there for you and the Brown family. If you can call me or there is anything i can do please let me know please.
your brother
Spc. LaVon Owens
gambino310@hotmail.com"
LaVon Owens of mannheim Germany

"Thank you brave Soldier for serving your country with honor, for helping those less fortunate and for all you did for this Nation. We shall not forget you. We pray for your family. RIP Soldier. You are in our hearts."
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

"SPC J. Brown and the family of CPL Henry Brown,
I was not the First Sergeant of the unit when your son was assigned to Germany but I've heard from leaders and others soldiers that he was an outstanding soldier and human being. May God hold each of you in the hollow of His hand. May the love of friends and family be a source of comfort to each of you. Father, I ask you to bless the wife, the family of CPL Brown and his friends reading this prayer right now. Lord, show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace & mercy. Where there is self-doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them. Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience, & strength as they learn submission to Your leading. Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You.
Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage. Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it,
and break its hold over they life. Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders,
and friends to support, and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the demonic forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it."
1SG Thomas Rouse, Jr. of 69th Transportation Company, Mannheim Germany

"Hello,

I am a soldier in the 28TH Trans Bn. Unfortunately, I never knew Cpl Brown. I am sorry for your loss, and will pray for all of you, his family and loved ones. You have my condolences.
A fellow En Temps soldier,"
SGT William Lucey of Mannheim, GE

"SPC JoDona Brown,
Our thoughts are also with you. All of the guys here are deeply affected by the loss of Henry. I'm sure that Owens, Hayes, Cardoza, and Ybarbo who prayed for Henry, his mother and you last night send their condolences. They were all very excited to see the two of you return this summer. May HIS peace be with you as well! Very Respectfully."
SFC Charles L. Shank of 69th Transportation Company, Mannheim, Germany, "RoadRunners!" DADDYSHANK@HOTMAIL.COM

"To CPL Brown's Mother:
I served with your son at his first unit here in Germany. He is fondly remembered here and greatly missed by his friends. We were all awaiting his return as he was an outstanding soldier and great friend. As a senior NCO I have to say that he was one of the finest of a group of soldiers to arrive from training in 2000. Henry was always early to work, maintained an outstanding appearance and was often trusted to lead his peers when his sergeants were tasked with other missions. Maam, we truly loved him and feel your loss. Henry Brown is surley in heaven with the Father. He completed his mission here on earth early and was brought home to be with GOD! May you and the family recieve comfort at this time in the memory of a wonderful soldier that I admired and was very proud of. May GOD's peace be with you!"
Sergeant First Class Charles L. Shank of 69th Transportation Company, Mannheim, Germany, "RoadRunners!" DADDYSHANK@HOTMAIL.COM

"Thank you for your sacrifice"
Ginger Smith & Family of Hillsboro, In

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on