A native of Ohio, George Brown retails (attending the annual 39th POW reunion-Louisville, KY) the story of his brother, Arthur Leroy Brown, who had enlisted in the Army of the 24th Division 21st Regiment K Company. Arthur Leroy Brown was captured as a Prisoner of War on July 7th, 1950. After hearing the news that his brother had been captured and identified as Missing In Action on July 7, 1950, it was told to those who had returned, that his brother was supposedly being held as Prisoner of War at Camp 5 near Pyoktong, North Korea. It was later discovered that his brother died from complications due to Beriberi on his 21st birthday in January of 1951. The news was a devastating blow to the Brown family as his mother was pregnant with their first baby girl and stories were shared among Arthur Leroy Brown’s comrades how proud he was for his family. George Brown has continued to attend the Korean War Veterans Conferences, so he can continue to keep the memory of his brother alive and to hear the incredible stories of those who experienced the war as well.
Family Hears News Of Their Son's Death
After hearing the news that their son had been captured and identified as Missing In Action on July 7, 1950, the family was identified by the US military. Soldiers who had returned to the states told the family that Arthur Leroy Brown was being held at the Prisoner of War at Camp 5 in Pyoktong, North Korea. It was later discovered that Arthur Leroy Brown died on his 21st birthday in January of 1951. Some of the returning soldiers told his family that Arthur Leroy Brown had suffered from complications due to Beriberi.
Regrets Of Hearing About Their Son's Death
Arthur Leroy Brown's parents were hit very hard by the news that their son had died. His mom was pregnant with their first daughter and Arthur Leroy Brown was so excited to tell his regiment the news. Before Arthur Leroy Brown left for bootcamp, he got into a scuffle with his dad because his dad didn't want him quitting school to go into the Army.
The Burial of a POW
George Brown was only 6 years old at the time when he heard his brother had died. Arthur Leroy Brown's family was too poor to afford a burial closer to home, so he was buried in Hawaii after his body was found. At his temporary burial in North Korea, the ground was frozen solid, so they could only dig a shallow grave. It was devastating to George Brown and his brothers since they were older and they could really understand the devastation of the death of a family member.