Charles R. Brown

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Charles R. Brown
NH 56283-KN Admiral Charles Randall Brown, USN.jpg
Portrait of Admiral Brown by Alfred Jonniaux
Birth nameCharles Randall Brown
Born(1899-12-13)13 December 1899
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US
Died8 December 1983(1983-12-08) (aged 83)
Bethesda, Maryland, US
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1917–1962
RankFlag of a United States Navy admiral.svg Admiral
Commands heldUSS Gannet (AM-41)
USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
USS Hornet (CV-12)
United States Sixth Fleet
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Thomas S. Gates and Brown on Saratoga, 1958

Charles Randall Brown (23 December 1899 – 8 December 1983) was a United States Navy four-star admiral.

Brown was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1917, graduating in 1921. He was assigned to USS Arkansas (BB-33) in July and then transferred to USS Columbia (AG-9) in December. In December 1922, he was assigned to USS Langley (CV-1).[1]

In February 1924, Brown reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training. He was designated a naval aviator on 15 August 1924.[1]

As a Vice Admiral, he commanded the United States Sixth Fleet. He became the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH), 1959–1961, as a full admiral. It was in this role in 1959 that he instigated the creation of the Gray Eagle Award.


Brown married Eleanor T. Green on 26 November 1921.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Charles R. Brown Papers, 1922-1997 (bulk 1956-1962)". Nimitz Library, U.S. Naval Academy. Retrieved 12 January 2020.

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