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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

In Memoriam: Henry L. Brown ‘51

Retired Colonel Henry L. "Roy" Brown ‘51 passed away Jan. 21.  

Brown was born April 5, 1925, in Great Falls, South Carolina. He joined the U.S. Navy April 4, 1943, soon after graduating high school and the day before his 18th birthday. Brown served on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) and participated in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa Campaigns. He was also part of a force that occupied Japan immediately after World War II ended.  

He returned to South Carolina to earn his law degree, graduating in 1951. In 1955, Brown joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where he served for more than 20 years. During this time, he was stationed throughout the U.S., with additional tours in Italy, Vietnam, the Pentagon, and Huntsville, Alabama, where he made his home and continued to practice law.  

Brown later became a member of the board of directors for the USS Yorktown Association – the same carrier he served on more than 50 years before. He received numerous awards and accolades for his service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army; among his most prized were his four Legion of Merits. 

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