|| Michael Dean Brown was born on Tuesday, June 23 1987, in Emporia, Kansas. He was the son of William D. and Donna (Smith) Brown. He was raised through out North Little Rock, Arkansas, moving to Williamsburg, Kansas in1997. He died Tuesday October 16, 2007, at the age of twenty. At Landhstul, Germany, while serving with the first Aviation Battalion of the First Aviation Brigade in Iraq.
Michael graduated from Williamsburg high school with the class of 2005. He was a member of the Ottawa Community Church.
Michael enlisted in the United States Army in November of 2004 into the delayed entry program. He then attended basic training at Fort Jackson in February of 2005 and advanced infantry training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. SPC Brown is a graduate of the 15P course and combat life saver course. He was TOC NCOIC as a PFC while attached to the 82nd Medical Company who deployed with OIF III. He redeployed with the 82nd Med in November2006. He Upon redeployment, he was reassigned to HHC, 1-1 ARB and was currently deployed with them in support of OIF 07-09. Spc Brown was currently attached to TF Odin, an unnamed aerial vehicle unit. He served with operation Iraqi Freedom III from November of 2005to November of 2006 and operation Iraqi Freedom IX from September 2007 to October 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 terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Wheeled Vehicle Badge, Aviation Crewman Badge, & Riffle Sharpshooter Qualification Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal awarded posthumously.
Michael is served by his mother, Donna Hollon and her husband Steven, of Williamsburg: sister, Edna Brown and her fiancé, Tim Hill, of Williamsburg: Brother, Christopher Lynn Brown of Williamsburg: maternal grandmother, Beulah Smith of Williamsburg: parental grandparents, Les and Les and Edna Klieder of Cave City, Ar: step parental grandmother, Dorothy Hollon of Ottawa: nephew, Jaden Hill of Williamsburg: and girlfriend, Megan Branch of Bessemer City, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, D.T. Brown; grandfather William. G. Smith; two uncles Roy Brown, Lonnie Smith; and great-grandmother Walker.