Brown, Gerald, Col

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1950-1953, POW North Korea
Service Years
1941 - 1967
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Contact Info
Home Town
Globe, Arizona
Last Address
Chandler, Arizona

Date of Passing
Dec 08, 2007
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
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 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Ex-POW AssociationAmerican Fighter Aces Association
  1953, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and damaged 1 during WWII.

His AFDSM citation:

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (Army Design) to Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Brown (AFSN: FR-9625A/0-740139), United States Air Force, for exceptionally outstanding and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility. From 30 November 1950 to 6 September 1953, while a Prisoner of War in North Korea. In full knowledge of the great personal risk involved as Senior United Nations officer at the Pingchong-Ni Prisoner of War Camp, Colonel Brown, in the latter part of 1951, despite anticipated punishment by torture, starvation, deprivation and probable execution, organized and directed a secret resistance movement of all prisoners in opposition to the indoctrination program of the Chinese Communist Forces. Colonel Brown's objective was attained when the enforced study program of the enemy eventually collapsed due to the organized resistance inspired by this movement. In late December 1951, Colonel Brown, immediately recognizing the need for positive leadership to defeat the enemy's psychological design, personally countermanded the orders issued by the Chinese Camp Commander that all United Nations prisoners of war would join in sending New Year's Day greetings to the Commander of the Chinese Communist Forces in Korea. The outstanding leadership, exceptional fortitude and selfless devotion to duty consistently displayed by Colonel Brown during his thirty-three months of captivity, reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 66 (1955)

Action Date: November 30, 1950 - September 6, 1953

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School38th Fighter Squadron55th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Eagles
4th Fighter Group35th Fighter-Interceptor Group39th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronUS Air Force
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 38th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 55th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 334th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Eagles
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 1055, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 1065, 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1950-1953, POW North Korea
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1943-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)3
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1949-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1950-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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