Grundy County, Missouri And Its People Vol. 2
DeWitt Brown was a Civil War veteran, having served three and one-half years as a Union soldier. He was a member of Company F, Second Missouri Cavalry, serving with that regiment in several engagements. He was taken prisoner near the Arkansas-Missouri border and was compelled to travel barefooted. As a result he remained somewhat crippled for the rest of his life.
Lawrence Dale Brown, (accompanying picture)the son of DeWitt C. Brown Jr. and Hattie Priscella Gregg, was born August 29 1922 in Brimson.
On October 5 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During World War II he served as an airplane mechanic. All of his service time was spent in the United States at the following locations: Marana, AZ; Fort Sumner, NM; Bakersfield, CA; and Albuquerque, NM. Sgt. Lawrence Dale Brown was discharged Feb 1 1946 at Boulder CO.
Dale died Sept. 17, 1985 and is buried in the Cat Creek Cemetery of Brimson on Highway CC.
(husband of Minerva Alice Maxwell Brown)
Tom Brown (accompanying picture)enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps soon after graduating from high school in 1942. He completed boot camp at the marine base in San Diego and at nearby Camp Matthews. He was then assigned to radio school at the base, and rec'd 12 weeks of training as a high speed Morse code man.
In the fall of 1943, attached to the Fourth Marine Division, Tom participated in the invasion of Kwajalein and Eniwetok of the Marshall Islands. Following the MArshall invasion, Tom was sent to Guadalcanal to join the First Provisional Marine Brigrade to prepare for the invasion of Guam. From Guam, he was transferred back to Guadalcanal in preparition for the invasion of Okinawa, where he also became part of the Sixth Marine Divison.
Tom was finally called from the ranks to go to China to do communications work and participate in the surrender of the Japanese forces in Tsigtao. In JAN 1946 he was honorably discharged in San Diego. Tom was a corporal, received four Battle Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, and one unit citation from the Secretary of the Navy.
(brother in law of Minerva Alice Maxwell Brown)
Clyde Edward Maxwell, (accompanying picture) son of James Phillip and Alma Alice (Arney) Maxwell was born OCtober 20 1928 near Brimson.
Clyde was a member of the U. S. Army entering the service in 1948 with final discharge in 1951. His service career was with the Seventh Divison that spent time in Hokkaido, Japan during World War II, and occupational duty in Japan during the Korean War. He was released Jan. 24 1959, but soon recalled to duty in August, stationed in Texas and Oklahoma. Sergeant First Class Maxwell was a guard in Japan and a meat cutter in the states. His final release was in 1951.
Jasper L. Maxwell (accompanying picture) son of James Phillip and Alma Alice (Arney) Maxwell was born June 18 1925 in Harrison County. He entered the U. S. Army on MAy 14 1944 and held the reank of sergeant. Jasper's military service was during World War II, with all of his time served in the following locations: Robinson, Arkansas, and Fort Knox, KY.. he was a combat engineer and supply sergeant. Jasper was discharged October 1947. Jasper died April 3 1999 and is buried in Springer Cemetery, north of Brimson..