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[courtesy of "Couple of Gravers"

Grave marker for Claude E. and Miriam Brown in Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls (Black Hawk county), Iowa.

Claude first enlisted in the Army on 4 June 1937 and he was discharged on 3 June 1940.  He re-enlisted at Fort Snelling, MN on 21 December 1940.

Note that his bonus application, below, indicates that he was in foreign service on three occasions:  3 July 1941 to 12 December 1942; 6 February 1943 to 20 August 1943 and  21 April 1944 to 3 September 1945.  While the4 latter period was in the ETO, it is not known where his first two deployments took him.

On 13 February 1945, Pvt Brown was transferred to Company E, 508th PIR from the 551st PIB after that unit was inactivated on 27 January, 1945.

He was last discharged on 3 September 1945, probably at Fort Snelling, MN.

This updated draft record was completed on 4 September 1945, the day after Claude was discharged.

This application for the Iowa WWII Veterans Bonus was completed by Claude on 4 May 1949.  His service qualified him to receive the full $500 bonus award.

His military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for the Southern France Campaign and Airborne Operations.

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