Army SPC
Dearborn Heights, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Dearborn Heights City Hall
6054 Fenton Street
Dearborn Heights, MI

Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

On September 30, 1980, a very unique individual was born in Southfield, Michigan. Born to Wayne and Marian Brown was Joshua David Brown and from day one, Joshua almost invariably had a smile on his face as he embarked on a 26-year journey.

Joshua was part of a family of six. He had an older sister Dara, an older brother Nathan, and a younger brother Joseph. He mainly grew up in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and attended Fair Lane Christian School from first grade through his high school graduation. Joshua was a source of joy and was very active, adventurous and outgoing.

Throughout his life, Joshua was involved in many sports; baseball, basketball, firearms, martial arts, soccer, softball, track, and weightlifting to name a few. He was also very active in church and school activities, was part of the Westland Police Department Explorers Youth Patrol, and played the trumpet. To some, Joshua was an incredibly close friend, to all, he was not one to face off with.

After graduating high school in 1998, Joshua attended Henry Ford Community College and thoroughly enjoyed restoring hardwood flooring. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005, attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he graduated with honors. After completing basic training Joshua was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany. After less than two years in Germany his unit was deployed to Iraq. Joshua had joined the Army with the goal of helping the Iraqi people in their quest for freedom and security.

In April of 2007, Joshua returned home to marry Elizabeth Simpson whom he had known for about eight years. Joshua’s influence on Liz’s son Scotty was profound. His greatest desire was to be faithful to The Lord and provide for and protect Liz and Scotty. Sadly, their dreams for a future together would be cut short. Liz and Joshua enjoyed a brief honeymoon before his return to Iraq.

During one of his last phone calls from Baghdad, Joshua shared some comforting, encouraging words with his father: “Don’t worry Dad. God is faithful and knows what He is doing.”

On June 3, 2007, while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, Specialist Joshua D. Brown, made the ultimate sacrifice when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Specialist Brown’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Army Overseas Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantry Badge.


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