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I retired from the U. S. Navy in 1977 as a Senior Chief Petty
Officer while serving on board the USS Piedmont (AD-17) at Norfolk,
I enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1954. After my discharge, I enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served until retiring. After my naval retirement, I attended college earning a AAS Degree in Business Admin. I then sailed for 3 years with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) operating with the naval forces.
This home page is a brief glimpse into my life during my military career, and the shipmates I served with. I have included the Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships served on after retirement since they were part of the naval operating forces. I've also included the history of each ship and command assignment, and a special page devoted to the memory of my uncle who served on board two historical navy ships. I hope you enjoy this bit of naval history.
The "Special Ships" page includes two ships of special interest to me: USNS Randall, the ship I traveled aboard to England in 1956, and USS Stokes, a World War II ship named in honor of Stokes County, North Carolina...my home county.
John Wayne, a great American. I met him in 1974 and appeared as an "extra" in a movie being filmed in London. I've included a few photos and other comments about this American icon.
My assignments are listed below. I have listed ships and shore stations separately in the order served, and included my MSC and U. S. Air Force assignment
UNITED STATES NAVY
USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59)
USS RANDOLPH (CVS-15)
USS COLUMBUS (CG-12)
USS PIEDMONT (AD-17)
U. S. NAVAL STATION
U. S. NAVY RECRUITING SUBSTATION
U. S. NAVAL ACTIVITIES, UNITED KINGDOM
FLEET COMBAT TRAINING CENTER, Atlantic
Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA
MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND
USNS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109)
USNS MISSISSINEWA (T-AO 144)
USNS NORTHERN LIGHT (T-AK 284)
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE
San Antonio, Texas
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE
ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE
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Kenith Allen Brown
November 16th, 1937 - April 1st, 2015
Our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather passed away April 1st, 2015. He is now resting peacefully at Arlington National Cemetery between a Marine Colonel and an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.
This website and all the information and research contained within was Ken's brainchild. He devoted many, many hours to it during his retirement.
I will do my best to maintain the domain/website and the information contained in the various sites to the best of my ability but have some mighty big shoes to fill.
~ Troy Brown (Ken's son)
I can be reached at ObiTroy69 at yahoo dot com