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Age:   26
Hometown: Burke
Date of Death: 9/23/2008
Incident Location: Salman Pak, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: 1st Lt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored
Unit's Base: Baumholder, Germany

While stationed at Fort Benning, Thomas J. Brown found an abandoned cat that someone had apparently tossed out a window. He adopted it as a pet, giving it a loving home, and named it Batman. "That was Tom," said his mother, Carol Brown. He always looked out for others, both people or animals. "He always seemed to be picking up abandoned animals," she said. Brown, 26, of Burke, Va., died Sept. 23 in Salman Pak of wounds from small-arms fire. He graduated from George Mason University in 2004 with degrees in government and international politics, and was assigned to Baumholder, Germany. "He tried working, but he found life behind a desk was not for him," Carol Brown said. So Brown applied for and was accepted to Army Officer Candidate School. In addition to earning an officer''s commission, he earned Airborne wings and a Ranger tab. Brown wouldn''t ask his troops to do anything that he himself wouldn''t do, his brother Tim said. "He led his life by example and was always in front of the pack," he said. "He always wanted to be the one with boots on the ground and in the front of the line." He also is survived by his mother, Jackie. "He''s my hero," said Ronald Phillips Sr.
Source: Associated Press
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