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Army Spc. Larry K. Brown

Died April 5, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Jackson, Miss.; assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.; killed in action in Iraq.

LaKeidra Davis remembers older brother Larry Brown’s passion for basketball and his sense of humor.

“He was very comforting at bad times. He always had the right thing to say,” said Davis, 16. “He used to make me laugh. ... He’d make a joke about anything; it would be so funny.”

Brown, 22, a track and basketball athlete as a student at Bailey Magnet High School in Jackson, Miss., was killed in action in Iraq April 5.

Davis said her brother seemed happy when he called her from Kuwait on March 12. “He was doing what he wanted to do,” said his mother, Rosemary Brown. “We were all proud.”

Dorothy Terry, principal of Brown’s high school, also remembers his humor. “He was a kind of funny guy when he wanted to be,” she said. “But for the most part, he was a real serious young man.”

— USA Today and The Associated Press

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