Robert K. Brown

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Robert K. Brown
Birth name Robert K. Brown
Nickname(s) Bob
Born (1932-11-02) November 2, 1932 (age 85)
Monroe, Michigan, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch US Army
Years of service 1954–1957, 1964-1985
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Purple Heart, Air Medal, Bronze Star
Other work publisher

Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Brown (born November 2, 1932 in Monroe, Michigan) is a combat correspondent, investigative journalist, and founder/editor/publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine (SOF), a pro-gun, pro-military magazine which reports on various armed confrontations around the world, as well as on new weapons and other military technology.[1] Brown is also president of Omega Group Ltd, which is the parent group of SOF.[2]


Born in Monroe, Michigan, he graduated from Colorado University. On September 22, 1999, Las Vegas, Nevada Mayor Oscar Goodman issued a proclamation declaring that day to be "Soldier of Fortune Day" and "Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown Day" in honor of Soldier of Fortune magazine, its 20th annual convention in Las Vegas, and its founder and publisher."[3]


Brown served in the US Army from 1954-1957 and again from 1964-1985. He was a Green Beret, served with Special Forces in Vietnam, and retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.[4] At one point, Brown was the Vice Chairman of the NRA.[1]

In 1970, he founded a book publishing firm with Peder Lund named Paladin Press.[5] Brown began publishing Soldier of Fortune in 1975 in Boulder, Colorado.

In March 1984, Brown was injured in a handgun accident. This injury prevented him from traveling to El Salvador to fight in that country's civil war. [6]

In 2011, Brown supported Steve Schreiner's campaign for the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. Schreiner was not endorsed by the NRA's Nominating Committee.[4]


Brown, Robert K. (2013). I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils. Casemate. ISBN 978-1-61200-194-4.

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