Charles Brown

Born: Georgia on 01 September 1969

Passed away: Gilmer, TX on 04 July 2019

Aged: 49 years

The Story

SGT Charles Brown was a great friend that made everyone feel welcome. Whether you knew him as a family member, as a Soldier, or co-worker, all can agree that he was a friend.

Sergeant Charlie Brown enlisted into the active duty Marine Corp as a light armored vehicle mechanic. He served in the Marines from June 1987 to April 1993, in which time he deployed in support of operation Desert Storm, and was awarded the Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon.

After a break in service, he joined the Texas Army National Guard in September 2010 into the 236 “Rawhide” Engineer Vertical Construction Company as an Army Plumber. He quickly established himself as a valuable member of the unit and participated in every Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission that the unit was assigned. His most notable accomplishments include his actions during Hurricane Harvey, where he and his Soldiers rescued over 70 people from the affected area, and drove over 700 miles to conduct high water fording operations. His actions saved countless lives and was instrumental in assisting state agency partners in accomplishing their mission as Texan’s Serving Texas.

SGT Brown joined the Corp of NonCommissioned officers on 14 March 2015 and was an outstanding representation of the “Backbone” of the Army. His passion and dedication to Soldier care and well being were consistently displayed. Every Soldier he contacted knew that he was a true servant leader that genuinely cared for his people.

SGT Brown’s military training includes master driver course, joint battlefield command post course, basic leader course and advanced leader course.

SGT Brown’s military awards from the Texas Army National Guard include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Adjutant Generals Individual Award, and numerous other service awards.
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Charlie was an outstanding soldier and a great all around person. He was always able to lift peoples spirits and bring a smile to their face. You will never be forgotten Sgt. Rest in Heaven

Ignacio Sanchez


If I could change the words for you Charlie, it would be that we were sitting on the back of the BTBs and sharing Shiner. I am sure there is a song about hiding the bodies, but maybe that should be for another day! I miss your smile and hugs...nothing like hearing you yell out "Chief!!" Love you, Charlie!! Always.

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I can remember the vociferous enthusiasm and sarcasm of SGT. Brown in everything we undertook.He always was the epitome of Be, Know and Do.He began the tradition of the ugly cat way of accomplishing missions which so accurately reflected the 236th EN Company's way of improvising, adapting and overcoming.As we move forward with Charlie Brown's example of leadership I pray that those who follow in his footsteps will endeavor to become what Charlie would have loved to see them be:The very best at everything they strive to accomplish.

Matthew Amon


On this one year anniversary of the day we lost Charlie Brown, we keep his memory alive by pausing to remember him and what he meant to us. Please leave your messages, photos and videos here, so that we may keep his memory alive.

Jolene Hinojosa