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Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown worn on June 13, 1982, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Ricky L. and Kathy J. (Ryan) Brown. Nate the oldest son with one brother Chris, two sisters Megan and Victoria, he had many friends in the South Glens falls area and always called it home.

He grew up in South Glens Falls and attended South Glens Falls Central School. Nate love the school so much he stayed with his grandmother Ryan just so he could attend South High.

Nathan enjoyed paint ball, computers, he played and enjoyed his base guitar, music and video games. He also liked fantasy novels, being with his family and friends and the Nathan was always a history enthusiast and wanted nothing more than to be a historian or a teacher of history. PFC Brown’s mother, Kathy Brown, says her son went out of his way to help others, especially those most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

“Nathan was always helping people,” said Kathy.

Nathan joined National Guard in 2003.

He had qualities that made him special, including his kindness, generosity, and his willingness to help others. He had great respect for veterans and joined the New York Army National Guard to serve our country. SFC (Ret.) Arthur Coon recruited PFC Brown.

“He was such a good soldier—he was always at the Armory helping out,” said SFC (Ret.) Coon. “People may not know that the New York Army National Guard also does a lot in the community, and Nate always asked if there was something more that he could do for Glens Falls and other communities nearby.”

Kathy Brown said her son, whose job was to secure transportation routes, had written to her about going into an orphanage in Iraq to help deliver meals to children.
On April 11, 2004, Nathan died when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his Humvee in Samarra, Iraq, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. He was 21 years old.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Maguire, a two-star general and the state’s highest-ranking National Guard officer, presented the family with a Bronze Star, New York Conspicuous Service Cross, a Purple Heart and a New York State Medal of Valor. The State Senate approved a resolution honoring Brown’s memory.

Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, of the Joint Forces Headquarters of the New York National Guard, said Brown is the first New York Army National Guard mobilized infantry soldier to die in enemy actions since World War II.

“This battalion has soldiers from New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Capital District, central New York, right out to Buffalo,” he said. “We’re extremely proud of them, and most especially of Private First Class Nathan Brown, who was a volunteer, like all of us.”

Brown was buried with full military honors along the banks of the Hudson River at Saratoga National Cemetery. Shots echoed across rolling green hills and cornfields as a seven-member rifle team fired its final salute to Nathan Brown.