Monday, March 8, 2010

SSgt. Truehart Brown, United States Army (Ret.)

Truehart Brown was born June 12, 1941 in Granger, Texas and passed away on February 25, 2010.

Truehart served his country proudly in the United States Army, for over 22 years, traveling the world multiple times.  His service included service in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.  He was a drill sergeant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1970 to 1975.  He retired in 1982 as a Staff Sergeant.

He then went to work for the United States Post Office until his retirement in 2004.

Funeral services were held on March 5 at the Fuller-Sheffield Funeral home in Austin, Texas.  Patriot Guard Riders from the Austin region were on hand to form a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

The Riders then rode in the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen for the rendering of military honors and final interment.

At the cemetery, the flag-draped casket was transferred from the funeral hearse to a horse-drawn hearse.  That hearse slowly proceeded to the committal shelter as family and friends followed on foot.  When the hearse arrived at the shelter, it was welcomed by a line of American flags and Patriot Guard Riders from all over central Texas standing at attention and saluting this fallen veteran.

The casket was moved, by an Army honor guard, from the hearse into the shelter.  The Patriot Guard Riders then wrapped a line of American flags around the shelter as final prayers were said and military honors were rendered.  Taps was played by an Army bugler.  A rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Honor, Duty and Country.  The flag that had covered the casket was folded into a tight triangle and presented to his wife on behalf of the United States Army and a grateful nation.

Truehart Brown was then laid to rest on the upper plain of the cemetery as the American flag flew, in his honor, at half-staff on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Yo, five children, six grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

He will be loved and missed for all time.

With thanks to the Austin American-Statesman for biographical information.

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