Lanham, Md., Aug. 15, 2012 — AMVETS Past National Commander Vaughn L. Brown, Sr. passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.
Mr. Brown joined the Navy three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served as a corpsmen at a naval hospital in Casablanca, Morocco tending to injured service members that were attempting to defeat German forces in Africa.
Brown held many positions in AMVETS prior to his election as the national commander in 1990. He had many accomplishments during his year as commander, visiting posts in 36 states during his tenure. Brown was able to personally welcome home 10,000 Desert Storm troops in Washington, D.C., where he joined leaders from other veterans service organizations at the Welcome Home celebration. Brown also expanded AMVETS mission to focus on dependents of veterans by visiting several children’s homes and schools, showing that AMVETS was dedicated to helping veterans’ families.
Brown belonged to AMVETS Pennsylvania Post 19, where he served as post commander for two terms and post finance officer for 20 years. His wife, Anne Brown, served as the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President in 1980. Brown was employed for over 20 years by Lancaster Laundry. Brown was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Lancaster Housing Authority for five years, chairman for the Lancaster Housing Authority for three years, and PTA president in two Lancaster, Pa., elementary schools.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, from 7 to 9 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, from 11 am to 1 pm at Fred Groff Funeral Home, 234 W. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. A funeral service will follow Saturday’s visitation at 1 pm accompanied by a lunch at AMVETS Post 19 in Lancaster, Pa.