Brown, Raymond Ralph, PFC

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Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
6199-Enlisted Aircrew/Aerial Observer/Gunner
Last MOSGroup
Aircraft Maintenance/Rotary Wing
Primary Unit
1942-Present, 6199, Missing In Action
Service Years
1935 - 1942
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Service Number: 274208
Birth and Early Life:
Raymond Brown was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on January 11, 1912. He was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, by his parents Raymond and Nina; by the age of eighteen he was employed as a clerk in a grocery store.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Brown enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on July 22, 1935. He attended weekly drills in Kansas City under the command of Observation Squadron Ten-M. Until he joined the regular Marines in August, 1940, Brown served with a variety of Marine reserve aviation units in the Midwest.
Service Prior to 1941:
Private Brown joined San Diego based Scouting Squadron Two in October, 1940 he would have seen many of his future Midway comrades there, like John Alvord, Robert Curtin, Elza Raymond, Charles Recke and others. Although older than most of the other enlisted men and officers, Brown was still considered the new man upon his arrival, and as such was assigned to mess duty.
Wartime Service:
Shortly after the war broke out, Brown's squadron renamed VMSB-241 left San Diego for Hawaii, and then moved on to garrison the airfield at Midway Island. They trained with antiquated Vought SB2U Vindicator until late May when the squadron received some newer Douglas Dauntless SBD-2 dive bombers Brown and his pilot, Second Lieutenant Bruce Ek  were among those who received one of the replacement planes. Brown would have felt safer with his upgraded armament  he now had two guns in the rear of the bomber, instead of one  but, with his thirtieth birthday receding into memory, he would have been old enough to recognize that he and Ek (seven years his junior) would be at a serious disadvantage given their lack of experience with the new plane.
Date Of Loss:
On the morning of June 4, 1942, Brown cleaned and checked his guns, mounted them into his seat in the rear of Dauntless #2184, and waited for Ek to arrive from the pilot's briefing. They were airborne shortly after dawn. As Midway receded into the distance, Brown might have seen the smoke and flames rising from the airstrip as the Japanese attackers shot their way through the fighters of VMF-211 and blasted the airstrip. Brown and Ek hoped to exact some retribution on the enemy's carriers before the Japanese could return. The Americans found the carriers, but their bombers were slow, underarmed, and without fighter protection. As fighters from the carrier Hiryu rose up to challenge them, the rear gunners began spraying their adversaries, and a few went down. Those planes that were not shot down managed to glide towards the carriers and release their bombs, but the toll was heavy. Brown and Ek disappeared shortly after their dive; no trace of them or their plane was ever found. PFC Brown was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in the battle.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Nina Pearl Brown 
Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea.
Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Other Comments:
Distinguished Flying Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Private Raymond Ralph Brown (MCSN: 24958), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Radioman-Gunner in Marine Scout Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), during the operations of the U.S. Naval and Marine forces on Midway Islands against the invading Japanese fleet on 4 and 5 June 1942. He manned a free gun in the rear seat of his plane while under overwhelming fire from numerous enemy fighter planes and anti-aircraft batteries. Under the conditions attendant to the Battle of Midway there can be no doubt that he gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: June 4 & 5, 1942
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  1935, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), A
 Unit Assignments
4th MAWVMSB-241Missing In Action
  1935-1940, 6199, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, 4th MAW
  1940-1942, 6199, VMSB-241
  1942-Present, 6199, Missing In Action
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  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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