Army SFC William R. Brown
KIA November 6, 2006
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Army SFC William “Billy” Brown died November 6, 2006, when an IED detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan. SFC Brown was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed. He had also previously served one tour in Iraq.
William, known as ‘Billy’, knew at an early age that serving in the military was his calling. He graduated in 1994 from Brewer High School in White Settlement, Texas, where he cultivated his passion for football. Just two weeks after graduation in 1994, he enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman. A few months later, he married his wife, Audra. He was a man of God and a devoted husband, brother and father. Billy’s Captain said, “The greatest sign of a man is where he places his priorities. Bill’s soft spot was for his family. He cherished them in a way we should all learn from.”
Billy was a person with integrity and a strong desire to serve his country through a career in the military. “Billy was one of the few people I knew at an early age that was good to the core,” said Jimmy Melton, a high school friend. “I remember him as always standing up for what was right and following through with his plans.”
Billy’s father said of his son, “He was blessed with true love, friendship, and spiritual companionship. Not a day went by that he did not share his blessings. The instructions, guidance, and compassion Billy shared have impacted countless lives worldwide.”
SFC William Brown 30 years old from White Settlement, Texas
Original portrait was presented July 3, 2010 to his family July during an Independence Day event hosted by FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas
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