Stories of Honor: Korean War vet Ray Brown, USMC, served on the USS Saipan off coast of South Korea

Korean War veteran Ray Brown is one of four members of his family to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Ray Brown, circa 1954

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Ray’s uncle Albert, fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, at Guadalcanal and the Philippines. His older brother, Allen W. Brown Jr., enlisted in the Marines in 1949. He underwent infantry training and later attended the U.S. Naval Academy.

Following his ordination as an Episcopal priest, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. In 2016, Al died from a combination of Agent Orange exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ray’s younger brother, Reed, was assigned as chaplain assistant for chaplains at Parris Island, South Carolina. After his tour of duty, he was ordained as an Episcopal priest and earned a Ph.D. in psychiatry.

And Ray joined the Marines in September 1951. He served for three years and sailed around the world on the aircraft carrier USS Saipan, which included a six-month stint off the coast of South Korea near the

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