John Brown (American football, born 1891)

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John Herbert Brown Jr.
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Nickname(s) "Babe"
Born (1891-09-12)September 12, 1891
Canton, Pennsylvania
Died June 10, 1963(1963-06-10) (aged 71)
Middletown, Delaware
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1914–1954
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held Submarine Training Command
Submarine Squadron 4
USS Richmond
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)

John Herbert "Babe" Brown, Jr. (September 12, 1891 – June 10, 1963) was an decorated Vice admiral in the United States Navy during World War II and an American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Early years[edit]

John Herbert Brown Jr. was born on September 12, 1891 in Canton, Pennsylvania. He attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated in 1914 with the rank of Ensign. He was also member of the Naval Academy football team and as a defender he helped the United States Naval Academy football team shut out seven opponents in 1913.

During World War I, Brown commanded the submarines USS C-2 and USS G-4. Subsequently Brown commanded some other submarines in the interwar period. He also attended the Naval War College in 1940.

World War II[edit]

With the outbreak World War II, Brown rose to the rank of Vice admiral and played an important role in submarine operations in the South Pacific.


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