The body of an Army soldier from Jerome, who died in Afghanistan, will be returned home today. Sergeant Brown of Jerome was in Kandahar province, Afghanistan when he was hit by an improvised explosive device. He died on March 24th. Colonel Tim Marsano with the Idaho National Guard says his body will be flown to Twin Falls and released to his family in a special ceremony. “Very sadly, we in the Idaho National Guard have done this dozens of times since September 11, 2001,” he says, “but what that experience does is helps ensure that the family is going to get the proper and dignified ceremony that they deserve.”
Brown attended Jerome High School and felt a call to join the Army after the events of September 11th. “According to the family, Sergeant Brown was a very very well-liked individual, very outgoing, very athletic and he said he never met anybody who wasn’t his friend and that was because he was such a caring individual, always there for his friends, and that’s what they’re going to remember about him.”
Brown was based with the U-S Army out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He was 27 years old. He leaves behind his wife and their 3-month old twin daughters, Mattie and Marlee. His funeral is set for Saturday at the College of Southern Idaho and is open to the public.
A special fund has been set up for Sergeant Brown’s twin daughters at any Wells Fargo Bank.