Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown served in the military for over 30 years.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sidney Brown was born in 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama and was always inclined to be a part of the armed forces in order to serve his country. He was able to get inducted into the army in 1950 and was looking to be a part of the airborne forces.
As reported by Leaf Chronicle, Brown had said in 2014, "Being a paratrooper then, was the same as being Special Forces and SEALs today. You had to be the best of the best. No way they were going to let the black soldier even try for that. They said we didn't have the courage or the intelligence." And he did become one of the best in the force.
His first deployment as an Airborne was with 101st Airborne Division to Arkansas. Following that he was deployed twice to Korea, Twice to Vietnam, and twice to Germany, fulfilling all his duties with distinction.
After his retirement in 1980, he vehemently took upon the cause of veterans and spoke firmly for their rights. He was an inspiration for thousands of African-American soldiers who followed his path and had heard of his deeds growing up.
Sadly, at the age of 88, Brown passed away after battling with colon cancer, at the Clarksville Veterans Nursing Home, that he had himself helped build. Such was the legacy of this great man. May he rest in peace.