Lieutenant Colonel Beauregard “Bill” Brown III
September 16, 1935 – July 30, 2020
Beauregard Brown III was born September 16, 1935 in Dequincy, Louisiana, the son of Beauregard Brown II and Fannie Richard Brown. He departed this life Thursday, July 30, 2020 in his home. He attended Grand Avenue Elementary School in Dequincy, Louisiana and Roosevelt Junior High School in Richmond, California. Beauregard Graduated from Charlton-Pollard High School in Beaumont, Texas in 1953.
He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M College in 1957. He was a Distinguished Military Student and a Distinguished Military Graduate. While at Prairie View, he held offices in the National Society of Scabbard and Blade and the National Society of Pershing Rifles. Beauregard also served as president of his hometown club and captain of the college debating team. He received an award for his service as an editorial writer on the college newspaper and the President’s Award as the graduating senior making the most contributions to the college. He also received a Certificate of Merit from the dean of students for outstanding service as a student leader in campus activities and a Certificate of Honor from the president of the college for leading the college debating team to the Intercollegiate Forensic Championship in 1956.
Beauregard entered the U.S. Army immediately after graduating from college and attended the Basic Infantry Officer Course at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduation, his early assignments took him to Europe where he served for five years. He was elected president of the Protestant Men of the Chapel in Germany and was named “Man of the Year” in 1961 by the German-American Club in recognition of his efforts to promote friendship and goodwill between the military personnel and the civilian community. While serving as a platoon leader and company commander in the 8th Infantry Division, he qualified as an Expert Infantryman and was awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
In 1959 Brown attended the U.S. Air Force Combat Survival School and was an honor Graduate finishing first in his class of 78 offices.
Major Brown was assigned duty in 1963 as Chief of Operations for the 4th Transportation Command at Fort Story, Virginia. During this tour of duty there he was very active in civic affairs and was honored by the Douglas MacArthur Chapter of the Association of the United States Army on June 15, 1964 with a special resolution citing him for “exceptionally distinguished service in a position with great responsibility.” He also served for a year as a member of the board of directors for the Family Services Agency with the city council in Norfolk, Virginia and received the Distinguished Community Service Award on June 20, 1964.
In 1965 after completing the Officer’s Advanced Course at the U.S. Army Transportation School, Major Brown volunteered for duty in Vietnam. On February 1, 1967 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for outstanding performance in action against hostile forces in Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam on Operation Van Buren with the United States 101st. On September 1, 1967, Major Brown was awarded the U.S. Commendation Medal for outstanding performance of duty as a staff officer in the Headquarters of the U.S. Forces in Vietnam. He was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal on December 19, 1967 for outstanding achievement as an operations officer in the Combat Operations Center on joint staff at the Headquarters of U.S. Forces in Vietnam. One of the most prestigious awards received by Lieutenant Colonel Brown was the Civil Actions Medal for his initiation of numerous civic actions to build schools, hospitals, and homes, etc. for the Vietnamese people. To date only two Americans have received this award, Lieutenant Colonel Brown, and General William C. Westmoreland. While at Fort Eustis, Alabama, Major Brown was chosen the Officer Military Citizen of the year. He was particularly cited for his varied activities in support of interracial understandings.
Lieutenant Colonel Brown participated in an international military pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land that included 3000 American soldiers who marched into St. Peters Square in Rome for an outdoor Mass said by Pope Paul VI. After the pilgrimage to Rome, Brown left Rome for Israel where he visited Jerusalem, Nazareth, the River of Jordan, Mt. Olive, the Dead See, and the Sea of Galilee. Throughout his tour of duty in Europe, Brown was extensively involved in civic and community activities.
He was tapped to serve as director for the development of a special program offered by the University of North Carolina System. The program was designed to train students for local, state, and federal government management positions. Later he was named “Citizen of the Decade” for his development and implementation of the many programs benefiting youth and disadvantaged persons in North Carolina. Earlier awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1978 and “Man of the Year” by the State Civic League in 1979.
Upon retirement, Beauregard became a Southern Baptist Minister who held membership in the Freewill Baptist Minister Alliance and the Seventh District Ministerial Association. He was appointed manager of Affirmative Action at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. In 2015, Brown received the PVAMU Lifetime Achievement Award for his many services to his fellow man.
LTC Brown is a most prolific civic activist whose numerous accomplishments and initiatives speak of a man dedicated to the service of others, especially to the youth and the disadvantages.
Beauregard Brown III leaves to cherish his memories, Dr. Rose Marie Cooks his devoted sister and Natalie Chandel Cooks his niece from Dequincy. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of relatives and friends both near and far. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Beauregard Brown II and Fannie Richard along with his nephew; TSGT Justin Craig Cooks.