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franklin county times

PC grad's death brings Iraq war close to home

By Staff
It's become a common occurrence to hear about American soldiers, more than likely young, enlisted ones, who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
But the tragic death of Sgt. William E. Brown, a 2002 Phil Campbell graduate, brings the wars into stark focus for the residents of Franklin County. Brown was killed June 23 in Taji, Iraq from wounds sustained after insurgents attacked his F. Carson unit, the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviator Regiment, Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
Brown leaves behind a wife, a Russellville High School graduate, and their two young boys. His family had just settled in Enterprise because Brown was headed to flight school at Ft. Rucker after his deployment ended to become a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.
From all accounts, Brown, 25, was a handsome, kind man who was known for his ability to get along with others and also for his mechanical ability, which no doubt helped him in his duties as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief.
Brown, who played football for the Bobcats, will now be known for his bravery after pushing a fellow soldier out of harm's way while suffering mortal shrapnel wounds. We send condolences to his family and our thanks for making this county proud to call him a local hero.