Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

J.D.'s History

Gone But Not Forgotten

BrownJDSm.jpg Major John D. Brown is gone but not forgotten by those who knew and loved him. J. D. was killed in an F-4C aircraft accident on 14 July 1977. Originally from Indiana, he graduated in the Class of 1964. After pilot training at Webb AFB, he completed two combat tours in Southeast Asia in F-4s; this was followed by assignments in Spain and England. For the previous three years J. D. was stationed at Luke AFB, Arizona where he served as an instructor pilot and flight commander in the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. For the past year he was the Chief of Tactical Air Command's F-4 instructional development team.

J. D.'s passing was mourned by the many people who knew him. He was admired and respected by every individual with whom he came in contact. In addition to his many personal accomplishments, J. D.'s greatest legacy to the Air Force was found in the students he trained during replacement training. His calm, determined demeanor; his professional dedication; his desire for perfection; and his true love for his fellow-man are only some of the qualities he left behind him. J. D. always saw the good in every man and it was truly outside his nature to speak and think ill of any person.

John was survived by his wife, Louise, Qtrs 6770, USAF Academy CO 80840, and by his parents, of Bargersville, Indiana.

(Gone But Not Forgotten, Checkpoints, Fall 1977, by Chuck Ogren, '63)
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