Monday, April 02, 2007

Local Ozarkers in the News

Heard about this one this morning and then tracked a link down.

Last known World War I Navy veteran dies in Maryland at age 105
Associated Press -

CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (AP) -- "Lloyd Brown, the last known surviving World War I Navy veteran, has died. He was 105.

Brown died Thursday at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County, according to family and the U.S. Naval District in Washington.

His death comes days after the death of the last known surviving American female World War I veteran, Charlotte L. Winters, 109.

The deaths leave three known survivors who served in the Army, and a fourth who lives in Washington state but served in the Canadian army, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Brown was born Oct. 7, 1901, in Lutie, Mo., a small farming town in the Ozarks. His family later moved to Chadwick, Mo. In 1918, 16-year-old Brown lied about his age to join the Navy and was soon on the gun crew on the battleship USS New Hampshire.

"All the young men were going in the service. They were making the headlines, the boys that enlisted," Brown told The (Baltimore) Sun in a 2005 interview. "And all the girls liked someone in uniform."

Brown finished his tour of duty in 1919, took a break for a couple of years, then re-enlisted. He learned to play the cello at a musicians school in Norfolk, Va., and was assigned to an admiral's 10-piece chamber orchestra aboard the USS Seattle.

When Brown ended his military career in 1925, he joined the Washington Fire Department's Engine Company 16, which served the White House and embassies. He had married twice, and had a son and daughter from one marriage and two daughters from the other.

Even after reaching 100, Brown remained independent, living alone in his Charlotte Hall bungalow and driving a golf cart around his neighborhood."

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Lutie is a little town just a rock throw from me. Brown is a very common name in this area (like most places.) The guy did alright for being some ol' hillbilly farmboy, would'nt ya say? May we all be blessed with just a whiff of his longevity.

I ain't posting a whole lot since reviving the now 2 headed beast of a computer. It's that time of year and I have gobs to do other than peck out rants and dumb stuff here. Plus, as if right on cue, I'm heading for my annual major sickness of the season. All winter long the general population around here and my younguns as well track in all kinds of flus, sniffles, upper respiratory crap...and yet I plug along unfazed. Yet just as soon as the weather stablizes and Spring arrives in all it's resplendant glory and we have a stretch of fabulous warm days and all the "bugs" seem to have run their course around here thru the population *WHAM!* I'm ALWAYS the last person in Ozark Co. to get whatever was 'goin' around'.
And no it's not "allergies". I'm talkin' major digestive disturbance and fever-unless there's an pollen allergy that can do that.
Happens every year it seems.
So I'm off to slink back under the covers for now. Pissed as all get out that it's a such a glorious day and I'm sick as a dog.

1 Comments:

Blogger Pamela said...

I recently did a post which mentions our grams brother in law joining those headed to war, And how the hometown came down with the Spanish Flu... and soon the war ended.

Our guys weren't in it very long - before a virus entered the fray and came out the winner.

Gram and her sisters were blessed with longevity. Her sister Grace died two years ago @ 108, Fern is the youngest and she will be 98 this week. And still has a sharp mind

4/04/2007 9:12 AM  

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