U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 0321-08
April 19, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sergeant Jason L. Brown, 29, of Magnolia, Texas, died April 17 in Sama Village, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked using small arms fire and grenades. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Staff Sergeant Jason L. Brown, 29, was killed in action in the early morning hours on April 17 when he was struck by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Sama Village, Iraq. He was a Special Forces engineer sergeant assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He was on his second combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War on Terror with 3rd Bn., 5th SFG(A).
Brown was born in Texas and his military records list his home of record as Magnolia, Texas. He volunteered for military service and enlisted in the Army on March 25, 2003 as a Special Forces candidate. He would go on to earn the coveted “Green Beret” in 2004.
His military education includes the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Jumpmaster Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Airborne Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course and Advanced Explosive Techniques Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global on War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab.
Brown is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Gomez, of Cypress, Texas; mother, Rosemary, and father, James, of Cartwright, Oklahoma.
19 April 2008:
An Army Special Forces soldier from Fort Campbell was killed by a burst of small-arms fire while trying to capture an al-Qaeda leader in an Iraq town, the military said.
Staff Sergeant Jason L. Brown, 29, was killed early Thursday during a combat operation in Sama Village.
Brown, of Magnolia, Texas, was a Special Forces engineer sergeant assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, an Army post along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
Brown was killed instantly by small-arms fire while attempting to enter a building during an operation to capture an al-Qaeda leader in the village, according to a release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Brown enlisted in the Army in 2003 and was on his second combat tour when he died, the release said.
Brown is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Gomez, of Cypress Texas; his mother, Rosemary, and his father, James, of Cartwright, Oklahoma.
21 April 2008:
A Houston-area soldier killed last week in Iraq was a decorated Green Beret on his second tour in the war-torn country.
Army Staff Sergeant Jason L. Brown, 29, of Magnolia, died Thursday during a firefight in Sama village, Department of Defense officials announced.
He is the third local military service member to be killed in Iraq during the last two weeks.
A woman who answered the phone at his parents' home in Cartwright, Oklahoma, declined to comment. She said that Brown's parents were too overcome with grief to speak. He had lived in Magnolia, she said.
An Army spokesman said Brown's parents did not want information about their son released.
However, Army officials said that he died from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms and grenades early in the morning.
He was hit by small arms fire, Army officials said, while he was trying to enter a building during an operation to capture an al-Qaida leader in the village. He died instantly.
Brown, a Texas native, enlisted in the Army on March 25, 2003, and became a member of the Special Forces the following year. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart as well as medals for meritorious service.
In addition to his parents, James and Rosemary Brown, Brown is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Gomez, of Cypress, Army officials said.
Funeral arrangements had not been made by late Monday.
25 April 2008:
DURANT, Okla. — A local hero will be laid to rest Saturday. Army Staff Sergeant Jason Brown was killed April 17TH while serving in Iraq.
Funeral services for the 29-year-old Green Beret will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Durant.
Originally from Texas, Brown's parents live in Cartwright, Oklahoma.
Brown was a highly-decorated soldier who received, among other awards, The Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
He leaves behind a daughter who lives in Texas.
After the ceremony, Brown's body will be taken to Washington D.C., where he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
April 27, 2008:
DURANT, Oklahoma – Following a funeral in southeastern Oklahoma, an Army soldier who was killed in Iraq will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A funeral was held in Durant yesterday for Staff Sergeant Jason Logan Brown.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command says Brown was killed instantly by small arms fire last week while attempting to enter a building during an operation to capture an al-Qaida leader in Sama Village.
Brown was born in Dallas and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in 2002 before enlisting in the Army the following year. He earned the coveted Green Beret in 2004 and was in his second tour of duty in Iraq.
The 29-year-old listed his hometown as Magnolia, Texas, but his parents live in Cartwright in southeastern Oklahoma.
His unit was based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Monday, April 28, 2008:
DURANT, Oklahoma — Flags lined the streets during a funeral for a fallen soldier who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A service was held Saturday at Durant First Baptist Church for Staff Sergeant Jason Logan Brown of Clarksville, Tenn. The Durant Fire Department used its tower truck to hoist a large American Flag on Evergreen Street. Soldiers fired a 21-gun salute before Brown’s flag-draped casket was carried out of the church and placed into the hearse.
The Green Beret, whose parents, James C. and Rosemary Brown of Cartwright, was killed during combat recently in Sama Village, Iraq.
According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Brown was killed instantly by small arms fire while attempting to enter a building during an April 17, 2008, operation to capture an al-Qaida leader in the village.
Brown, 29, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was in his second deployment to Iraq.
Brown was born in Dallas and graduated from Desoto High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in 2002. He enlisted in the Army the following year and earned the coveted Green Beret in 2004.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, a Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.
Brown is also survived by his daughter, Alyssa Gomez of Cypress, Texas, and a grandmother, Emma Lee Brown of Durant. Brown will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
BROWN, JASON L
- SSG US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/30/1978
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/17/2008
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8754
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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