Categories: United States Navy, Korean War | USS Leyte (CV-32), United States Navy, Korean War | Killed in Action, United States of America, Korean War | Notables | African-American Notables | Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) | Air Medal | Purple Heart | Navy Combat Action Ribbon | National Defense Service Medal | Korean Service Medal | Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation | United Nations Service Medal Korea | Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
His military decorations include:
first African-American aviator with the United States Navy
His Distinguished Flying Cross citation reads:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown (NSN: 0-504477), United States Navy, for heroism in aerial flight as Pilot of a fighter plane in Fighter Squadron Thirty-Two (VF-32), attached to the USS Leyte (CV-32), in hostile attacks on hostile North Korean forces. Participating in 20 strikes on enemy military installations, lines of communication, transportation facilities, and enemy troop concentrations in the face of grave hazard, at the Chosin Reservoir, Takshon, Manp Jin, Linchong, Sinuiju, Kasan, Wonsan, Chonjin, Kilchu, and Sinanju during the period 12 October to 4 December 1950. With courageous efficiency and utter disregard for his own personal safety, Ensign Brown, while in support of friendly troops in the Chosin Reservoir area, pressed home numerous attacks destroying an enemy troop concentration moving to attack our troops. So aggressive were these attacks, in the face of enemy anti-aircraft fire, that they finally resulted in the destruction of Ensign Brown's plane by anti-aircraft fire. His gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
parents: Julia Lindsey Brown, a schoolteacher, and John Brown,
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