TECHNICAL SERGEANT FRANK BROWN was born in England in 1917. His family came to the USA in 1924. Sometime before 1930, his father passed away. In April of 1930, he and his mother Mary were lodging at 1328 Chase Street, the home of George and Elsa Baker. George Baker was a shipwright who had come with his wife from England in 1924 as well. His mother Mary was working as a helper in a bakery. He and his mother and a niece, Mary Taggart, moved into the then new hen new Westfield Acres Housing Project, in Camden NJ shortly after it opened in 1938, and were there when the Census was taken in 1940.
Technical Sergeant Frank Brown entered the United States Marine Corps in November of 1942. He qualified for flight duty, and trained at the Naval Air Station at Pensacola FL. When sent overseas he served with Marine Bomber Squadron 612 (VMB-612) alongside another Camden man, Joseph John Bottalico Jr., who was killed in action in March of 1945. Frank Brown had won the Air Medal and the Purple Heart before his plane, a North American PBJ-1H bomber, the naval version of the B-25 Mitchell bomber, was declared missing on July 27, 1945. His placement on the missing in action list was reported in the August 21, 1945 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.
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