*BROWN, MELVIN L.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion. Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea, 4 September 1950. Entered service at: Erie, Pa. Birth: Mahaffey, Pa. G.O. No.: 11, 16 February 1951. Citation. Private First Class Brown, Company D distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Private First Class Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position. Private First Class Brown’s extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. Reportedly missing in action and officially killed in action, September 5, 1950.
My Uncle Melvin Brown I want to thank you for your service from the bottom of my heart and thank you for your sacrifice and courage.
I appreciate it more than you would ever know.
I love you even though I never had the opportunity to meet you.
I miss you because you are my uncle and because God put it in my heart. My dad loved you so very much that the pain of your memory never left him. I remember his sadness and his tears when I was child. I could feel your spirit when he cried.
You will always be my hero and I know you are safely in heaven with my father and your brother.
Happy Veterans Day my dear Uncle.
Your memory of service, sacrifice, and bravery has and always will inspire me to be better.
War took you away from us but God will restore us…
May God be with me so that I too will be courageous.
Your niece, Donna Brown