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One of the last legendary WWII soldiers to make four combat jumps into Europe has died

Former Staff Sgt. Russell Brown was one of the legendary paratroopers who made every combat jump during World War II, forever cementing his place in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Brown passed away Aug. 31 at the age of 96 in Georgetown, Kentucky, according to an obituary. A spokesman for the 82nd Airborne confirmed the Purple Heart recipient had been one of the lauded soldiers who parachuted into Salerno and Sicily, Italy, as well as Normandy, France, and Njimegen, Holland.

A re-dedication ceremony to an 82nd Airborne memorial at Stafford Orchard Park located in Quorn, England, where the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment camped prior to their third and fourth combat jumps in Normandy and Holland. (Maj. Loren Bymer/Army)
A re-dedication ceremony to an 82nd Airborne memorial at Stafford Orchard Park located in Quorn, England, where the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment camped prior to their third and fourth combat jumps in Normandy and Holland. (Maj. Loren Bymer/Army)

His story was featured in “Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry” and “All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division,” non-fiction accounts by Phil Nordyke, where he told the story of his time as a mortar squad leader with Brown, who had been a mortar squad leader with F Company.

After the Army, Brown went to work as an explosives technician at DuPont and Co. He is survived by two daughters, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, according to his obituary.

Retired 1st Sgt. Harold Eatman was one of the original members of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is seen here in Naples in October 1943. Eatman, who was a corporal at the time, died July 6, 2018. He was 102.
WWII paratrooper, 82nd Airborne legend dies

Retired 1st Sgt. Harold Eatman was one of fewer than 2,800 paratroopers to have made all four World War II combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Brown was one of about a dozen soldiers still alive who had made all four jumps. Retired 1st. Sgt. Harold Eatman died in July at the age of 102.

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