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First Name: David

Last Name: Brown

Birthplace: Red River County, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: U.S. Army Air Forces (1941 - 1947)

Home of Record: Childress County, TX
Middle Name: Wayne

Date of Birth: 18 March 1920

Date of Death: 12 December 1945

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served:
David Wayne Brown

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


David Wayne Brown
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

David Wayne Brown was the son of James Mason and Nora Elizabeth Young Brown.

On 6-7 May 1942, Sergeant David Wayne Brown was serving with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Fifth Air Force.

On those days, SGT Brown was a crew member on a B-17 bomber participating in bombing missions against Japanese targets in support of Allied landings in the Solomon Islands. SGT Brown's courageous actions and devotion to duty during that time earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

SGT Brown was Killed in Action on 12 December 1945.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Army Air Forces Aircrew Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Sergeant David W. Brown (ASN: 6296430), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Member of the crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 7 August 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in support of Allied landings in the Solomon Islands. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Brown on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)


Sergeant David Wayne Brown's remains were never recovered. He is memorialized with his name inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.


Honoree ID: 127402   Created by: MHOH




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