Sydney Foster Brown – Captain, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

MILAN, Tennessee – Retired military officer Sydney Foster Brown took life as it came. His philosophy was “I live today and I worry about tomorow when tomorrow gets here,” said his wife, Mary Oguin Brown. “He took problems head-on.”

Captain Brown, 74, died Thursday, May 11, 1995, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nashville of complications from a stroke. Services will be at 2 pm Sun at Bodkin Funeral Home with military graveside svces at 9 am Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

“He was laid back in a way,” said his daughter, Cindy Sue Nagy of Crestline, Ohio. “He was always in control. He was a definite leader.”

Mr Brown was a WWII Army veteran, serving in 1944 and 1945. “He was shot. He has the Purple Heart and Bronze Star,” his wife said. Mr Brown spent 6 to 7 months recovering in Germany, then he was sent to Easton, Maryland, his hometown. He served as Vice Commander of the Northeastern Shore District, State of Maryland American Legion in 1949. He was a member of the State of Maryland American Legion Executive Committee in 1954.

A job with the Dept of Defense at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant brought him to the South. Captain Brown served as Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4780 in Milan and as District Commander of the Ninth District of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in all of the state offices and currently was serving as the Tennessee State Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was president of the Milan Babe Ruth Assn in 1983.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, where he was a member of United Methodist Men. Mr Brown ret 9 years ago as a chief safety officer at the ammunition plant. That left him more time to enjoy his hobbies, golf and sometimes

“God has a good man now,” his wife said. “He treated me like I was the only woman in the world.”

He also leaves another daughter, Lisa Ann Brown of Milan; four sons, Robert S. Brown, Allen S. Brown and Joseph E. Brown, all of Milan, and Mark F. Brown of Memphis; a stepdaughter, Sandra Pounds of Milan; two stepsons, Bill Shukitis of Westville, Ind., and Rocky Shukitis of Portage, Ind.; a sister, Frances Nora Miller of Kennedyville, Md.; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


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