SSG John T. Brown of Red Hook NY, formerly of the Bronx NY, died suddenly in an automobile accident October 17, 1970.

He was born in Manhattan March 10, 1947  and was the son of John Edwin Brown and Elizabeth (Payton) Brown also of Red Hook NY. He was the oldest son of seven siblings and is survived by his parents, his brother Peter and his sisters Mrs. Denis (Elizabeth) Monahan, Mrs. Michael (Mary) Vanacore  of the Bronx and his sisters Patricia , Regina and Margaret of Red Hook. He is also survived by three nieces and his paternal Grandmother Eleanor Brown of Brooklyn, NY.

John was a US Army Veteran  1968-1970 serving as a Ranger during the Vietnam era. He was awarded the Bronze star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He is listed in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Prior to his service he attended Iona College and upon his return he attended Marist College. John was a kind and spirited family oriented brother who played guitar and led family sing a longs , played hockey and was a good story teller.

He was a prolific letter writer as he wrote numerous letters back home from his high school years at Marist Hall a preparatory School and his two years of service in the US Army.

A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at St. Christopher’s Church and his burial is at St. Paul’s cemetery, both in Red Hook, NY.