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Remembering my father and Warrant Officer Mr. Charles L. Brown Personnel Officer Chief 542d FA Batallion 42d INFANTRY RAINBOW DIVISION

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On September 4, 2016 I went to the B’nai¬† Israel Synagogue on Montrose Avenue to recite Kaddish (Hebrew

Prayer for my Dad’s Yahrzeit (Memorial date for my father who passed away on August 19, 1944).

On that date I remember receiving a Red Cross telegram when stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma during my

Army career,that read “Come Home At Once-Father seriously Ill”.Ft Sill is a permanent Artillery headquarters.

I applied and received a furlough and proceeded to a nearly railroad station. I purchased my train fare to

Washington,D.C. where my Dad had died.

While waiting for my train to arrive, I decided to phone my residence. Jean Gordon, my sister-in-law’s sister

answered the phone and informed me that my Dad had passed away–she inquired if I could rush home because the funeral was going to take place on August 20th.

I told Jean, that I would attempt to catch a plane because a train trip would last about three (3) days.

I phoned the nearest Airport and discovered that I had a problem,–a plane could get to D.C. but I did not

have enough cash for the flight.

I visited the local Red Cross,and was told that they did not lend money for plane trips-so- I rushed back

to my military headquarters and informed Mr. Charles L. Brown, my personnel Officer Chief of my financial

problem–Without any hesitation he lent me the necessary¬† funds and I was able to arrive home in time for

my father’s funeral.

Some time after my Army discharge on April 4, 1946, I attempted to locate and thank Mr. Brown again for

his important loan.

I contacted my Rainbow Division personnel young lady who had records of all discharged Rainbow Division

veterans.

Because his name was such a popular one, to this date, I’m still checking-no luck!!

I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS KIND GESTURE!!!

 

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