Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Brown

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Brown, 26, of Columbus, Ohio

SSgt Brown was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 3, 2012 in Khas Kunar district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Dozens of Patriot Guard riders took part in a procession from Rickenbacker to a funeral home.

Brown’s family friend, Katherine Brinston, said that Brown had just married his high school sweetheart in January. He was the father of two and was awaiting the birth of the couple’s third child.

“He will be missed,” Brinston said. “I think he did a wonderful job. So, I’ll be proud of him.”

Jeff Cline of the Patriot Guard Riders said that they would be back on Saturday for a funeral possession from the funeral home to the Aladdin Shrine Center.

“We are all brothers and sisters in the military and police officers and everybody here,” Cline said. “This is why we do what we do. It’s out of honor and respect for them and their families.”

BROWN U.S. Army SSG Christopher L. Brown was born on September 10, 1985 in Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted as an infantryman in the United States Army in 2003 following his high school graduation from Hamilton Township High School, where he met his devoted wife Ariell March 19, 2003.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom", this was Christopher's 4th deployment.

He completed his mission on April 3, 2012 when he was called to be a warrior for God in Heaven. Christopher had a wonderful spirit and an infectious personality that captivated the hearts of every one who met him. He was a God-fearing, prayerful person who kept a smile on his face and if you were around him, you couldn't help but smile too.

He is preceded in death by his uncle Lamont Emery in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Ariell Taylor-Brown; daughters, Charlie Brown and Dilyn Taylor-Brown; and his unborn son, Carter Christopher Brown; mother, Priscilla Hill; father, Dwight Brown; sisters, Khrysti Hill, Marcella Brown, and Mary-Alice Brown; grandparents, Leon Chapman, Dale Chapman, Willie Hill, and Anna Bell Hill; nephew, Ziyonn Christopher Brown; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends who were just like family, including many brothers-in-arms.

Awards earned while serving his country include: the Bronze Star Ribbon (Posthumous), Purple Heart Ribbon (Posthumous), Army Commendation Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Ribbon 2, National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Ribbon 2, NATO Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Weapon Badge, Drivers Badge with W device), and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Brown was killed in action on 4/3/12.

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