Tuesday, November 17, 2009

David Michael Brown, USAF Veteran

David Michael Brown was born on June 19, 1938 in Moundsville, West Virginia. He died on November 11, 2009 in Temple, Texas.

Mr. Brown served his country in the United States Air Force from 1961 - 1965 and achieved the rank of Senior Airman. His military decorations include the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Air Force Good Conduct Medal. He was a flight simulator instructor during the Vietnam era.

During the ‘60’s he was based at Connally Air Force Base, Waco, Texas. It was then that he met Jo, his future bride. They married in September 1965. He later served on the Airport Advisory Committee for the City of Temple.

On November 16, a cold and blustery, but sunny and bright day, his family and scores of friends gathered at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas for interment services. As they huddled against the cold and the wind, military honors were bestowed upon Mr. Brown. A team of Air Force Airmen folded an American flag into a tight triangle and presented it to his spouse. Taps was played.

During the services, over a dozen Patriot Guard Riders enveloped the gathering with a line of American flags, whipping in the wind. A sole Rider held proud the flag of the United States Air Force.

Jo placed the urn containing the remains of Mr. Brown into a niche in the wall of the columbarium, his final resting place.

Left to cherish his memory are Jo, a son, a daughter, three brothers and many other family and friends.

With thanks to the Temple Daily Telegram for biographical information.

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