Richard Corbett Brown was born Sept. 17, 1918 to Clifford C. Brown, a farmer, and Anna Feldvoss Brown, a homemaker and Danish immigrant.
He attended school in Chowchilla, California, where he was a star baseball player. In the local nightball league he was the top batter in 1940 and set a record for 10 successive safe hits. Mr. Brown enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 27, 1940.
He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
Of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the Arizona, Mr. Brown’s body was one of the few recovered. He was returned to the mainland after the war and buried at the Chowchilla Cemetery.
VFW Post 9896 in Chowchilla was named in his honor in 1949.
Sources: Fresno (California) Bee; Census; grave marker; Navy muster roll; VFW. Navy photo. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.