Dear Mrs. Brown,
I was in your classes at Uniondale High School. I learned so much from you that I continue to use to this day. Thank you for all that you taught me. I remember you with much kindness and gratitude.
My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. It is obvious that both you and your husband touched many lives and left a legacy to live on in others.
Laura Crowe (now Sanchez)
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Fair Winds And Following Seas
All our sympathies to the Brown family. I will always be grateful to have known Wesley and Crystal briefly in our water exercise class at the Martin Luther King pool. Also it was also a privilege and an honor to have Lt. Commander Brown generously give his time to share his story with the public at the Wheaton Library a few years ago. It was lovely to see him encourage young people there who were interested in entering the Naval Academy and to have him share his stories with all of us. Wesley will always be in our hearts. What a very special person. Our caring sympathy goes out to you, Crystal and to all of your family.
We are so thankful for the priviledge of having known Commander Wesley Brown...an inspiring individual for all Americans. Rest in Peace.
Mrs.Brown and Family,
I read of LCDR Wesley Brown's recent death and wish to send my sympathy to you on this loss. But what a legacy he has left behind for all of those who face the daily struggles and blows that life sometimes holds. He was truly a hero for all times.
A token of Love and fraternal spirit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbQ57e1KSaQ
To the BROWN family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. I want to thank him for serving his country even though he always had obsticals to hurdle over because of the color of his skin. To keep us SAFE AND FREE, he is a HERO to many. May he R.I.P -|-
Mrs. Brown and family. Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved . Lieutenant Commander Wesley Anthony Brown '49, CEC, USN (Ret.) was a true pioneer who forged ahead despite adversity and the difficult challenges of becoming the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. This accomplishment was an inspiration to me when I was a midshipman, and, it demonstrated how important it was for me to strive for excellence and realize that failure was not an option. Commander Brown's career as a Naval Officer represented the embodiment of the U.S. Naval Academy's mission to develop leaders to assume the highest responsibilities of leadership, citizenship, and government. He set the bar for those of us minority midshipmen who followed him and for those to come in the future. He fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.
Peace be with you and your family,
Charles D. Hargrove
USNA Class of 1975
To the family of LT CDR Wesley Brown: My sympathy on the loss of a great man & trailblazer. I was honored that I had the opportunity to meet CDR Brown while working at the USNA Foundation. Hearing his story and knowing the internal strength he exhibited in order to graduate was inspiring. A reminder of what so many have endured in order for me and others to experience life with less difficulty & more opportunity today. He was a kindhearted man. I am glad he was able to see his story in print, speak to groups and see a building named in his honor at USNA while he was living. He left us with a great legacy.
Wesley Brown was a true pathfinder. I am glad that I had the Honor to meet him. I endured racism at the Academy, I did not graduate from Annapolis, but it was nothing compared to what Wesley Brown endured to accomplish his Graduation. Thanks to Bob Schneller and Chet Gladchuck, USNA Athletic Director, Wesley Brown receved his long overdue Recognition as the first Afro-American to graduate from Annapolis. He made his mark at the Academy and I believe his Spirit will still be present at the Academy Fieldhouse when a Midshipman needs some inspiration to never "Give-up or Give-in". God is Good. James Richard Frezzell, USNA '68', Albany, New York.
"To the family of Wesley Brown,
"The nation has lost another unsung hero.
My heart goes out to the family and friends.
To my 'godfather'...you gave more than one could ask for. You were humble which made you great and your greatness made you humble...Crystal, Billie, Carol, Tony and Gary...thank you for sharing 'The Commander', as we all called him, with me and my family. We have so many fond memories of such great times through the years. He's gone but will never be forgotten! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
To the family of Wesley Brown, I want you to know how deeply grateful I am to your father, friend and loved one for his obedience to the divine will of God and determination to pave the way for me. Well Done, Faithful Servant. I am forever indebted to you. I was in your presence on few occasions at USNA yet I will forever remember the honor to have shared a moment in time with you. I wish your family peace and the joy of sharing wonderful memories in the days to come. My heartfelt and sincere condolences from a member of the USNA Class of 1999 and Former Gospel Choir President.
A GREAT MAN HAVE PASS AND LEFT SO MANY PRECIOUS MEMORY BEHIND.MY HEART GO OUT TO FAMILY AND LOVE ONE OF THIS GREAT MAN.REMEMBER HE'S NOT DEAD HE JUST ARE SLEEP AND WILL RISE AGAIN.
The nation has lost another great and unsung hero. He paved a path that made my Plebe Year much better than it would have been otherwise.
Rear Admiral Ken Carodine, USN,
USNA Class of 1982
Crystal and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Wes. Our family was honored to have met him many years ago.
In sympathy, Marion Patterson Cioppa in Willsboro, NY
In this time of sorrow please know there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of people who stand beside you and mourn your loss. LCDR Brown was and is a inspiration to us all. For those of us in uniform his legacy represents courage and strength. As a fellow sea service member I can only think he is standing watch with the Creator keeping a watchful eye on the horizon for those perils that can cause harm.
God be with the family and friends of LCDR Wesley Brown.
LCDR L. Stenson, USCG
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.
As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.
His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.
It was an honor to meet the Lt. Commander and his family. Your legacy is made, your place in history is firm. You are an inspiraton.
I had the pleasure of meeting Wes in the Spring of 1963 when he relieved me as Planning Officer for COMCBLANT when it was located in Davisville, RI. I appreciated that contact and his accomplishments by that early date. I was pleased to hear of his name being placed on the Academy Field House in recent years - it was good to see that he was still doing "his thing." Please accept my condolensces for your loss - but appreciation and thanksgiving for what Wes acccomplished for himself, his family, his race, and his Navy during his life.
May fair winds and a following sea follow your soul.
A. Wayne Collins, Captain, CEC, USN (ret)
To the Family of LCDR Wesley A. Brown, US Navy (Ret.):
I wish to convey my condolences to you on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
While I did not know LCDR Brown personally, it was through the efforts of my late father, Admiral E. R. Zumwalt, Jr. that I was sensitized to the struggles various minorities faced in the Navy during my father's tenure as Chief of Naval Operations (1970-74). While his tour as CNO did not begin until LCDR Brown had retired, my father did work hard to break down the racial barriers that continued to exist in the Navy for years after LCDR Brown's graduation from the Naval Academy. However, there is no doubt that one of the major barriers that had to be broken was that which LCDR Brown did by virtue of his graduation from an institution unwilling, back then, to accept diversity.
I have a great deal of respect for the challenges and hardship LCDR Brown endured as a young midshipman leading the charge to confront racial prejudice in the Navy. It was his efforts that paved the way for future naval leaders such as my father to take up the clarion call for equality.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as you lay to rest an American hero.
James G. Zumwalt
LCOL, USMC (Ret.)
R.I.P. may the family be comforted in your time of bereavement. God bless you.
My family and I attended the 2012 Color Parade on the same day that you passed on. Needless to say it added to the significance and emotional content for the day.
Psalm 107:23 - They that go down to the sea in ships, That do business in great waters;
Thank you for being the first -
May God be with you and your Family.
JT Hardy '77
Wes opened the door and we will keep the Legacy alive. Our prayers are with you and the family. God Bless!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thank you Wes, for setting the example for all of us to follow. You were truly a pathfinder and led the way.
To the family of LCDR Brown...You all shared the life of a great and historic man. His legacy will live forever! As an African-American USNA graduate (c/o 99'), I am his legacy also! Although, your head may bow in grief and sorrow for your loss, let it be momentary. Celebrate his triumph by holding your head high, rolling your shoulders back, and by poking our your chest!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless You.
Dr. Noah R. Calhoun, Washington, DC
Billie, so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
I am thankful to LCDR Wesley Brown for paving the way for so many of us to follow and succeed at USNA, the military, and beyond. My prayers are extended to Mrs. Crystal Brown and the remainder of the family. Blessings, Natasha Robinson, former USMC Captain, USNA Grad '02
So troubled to learn of "Uncle Wes" passing away last week. I only learned this Memorial Day, while trying to call you both with our appreciation of your leadership & life-example for us all. Your light will never dim in our hearts.
Sincerely, Doris&Ozzie's son...bruce...
I never knew this great man, however, upon learning of his special accomplishments, I am proud that I have passed through two paths occupied by him at one time: Savannah, GA and Howard University. May God bless this great man and comfort his loved ones.
I am sadden to hear of the passing of Ret.Lt.Cmdr.Brown. He was indeed a great man. I met him while attending a conference in D.C. You are all in my prayers. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
LCDR Wesley Brown should be considered the strongest man in American history. You see so many of us stood on his shoulders at one time over the last years and he carried us all without ever complaining. We will miss you my friend... CAPT Tony Barnes, USNA 1981
We were so sorry to learn of Wesley's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
May God Bless and keep you, you were a strong brother hope you find your rewawd awaiting you.
Jerome A. Bougere (Napoleonville, LA
What a pleasure and what pride you must have in this man. May God Bless You. Know that the steps of this good man must truly have been ordered by the Lord.
Delores Hill, Richmond, CA
As a Hero in Tribute
You were Admired
with great Ambition'
in a new Journey of
life Spiritual Begins..
I never got the chance to meet LCDR Brown personally, but I know that had he failed I may have never got the chance to succeed. Fair winds and following seas, sir.
May God be with the family at this time in their lives. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
What an amazing man. It was such a pleasure to attend the ground breaking for the Brown Field House and meet LCDR Brown. His sense of humor was infectious and he "paid it forward" by inviting the Dumbar HS Track Teammates to be his guests that day. He will be missed.
With deepest sympathy to the Brown family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
My deepest sympathy to the family of Wesley Brown. Sorrow brings all of us down , but there is hope from our God for the future. Take comfort from his promise and our hearts will be strengthen.
Home is the Sailor, Home from the Sea. In his lifetime, Wesley Brown embodied Psalm 107:29. "He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed." God bless the resting weary Sailor. From a Soldier of the Sea and USNA '74 Graduate
Job well done. Thank You Wesley Brown
To the Brown family:
In 1968 I was an Ensign at NASNY. I was the Assistant Public Works Officer to Cmdr. Brown.. I was his only junior officer at the time (I was short toured out to go to Viet Nam). Mrs. Brown may not remember me, but I did have dinner at you apartment one evening.
Senior officers have a great hand in developing the junior officers. I feel that his leadership went a long way in structuring me to become a useful, productive Naval Officer.
God Bless. You have my condolences.
DeLon D. Sargent, CAPT,CEC,USNR,Ret.
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and family member.
Your friends and neighbors at the Rittenhouse Apts. were saddened to see you move and then a week later to hear of your passing. We will miss you.
I would like to express my condolences to the Brown family at this difficult time. Know that our hearts grieve with yours during this time of sorrow, and may the God of all comfort be with your family - 2 Cor. 1:4
Thank You for your service. The battles waged during 3 conflicts could not compare to the fight you won as a HERO at home. God's speed and fair seas on your journey home.
To The Family,
The Cmdr is at peace. Think of the good times and smile. For comfort read Ecclesiastes 3;1-9,11-15,17,19,20,22. RIP Cmdr. May God bless you and your family.
Rest in peace. Job well done.
r. williams, md
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your dear husband. Our heavenly Father provides widows with the care that they need.(James 1:27) I hope that you will receive the needed help to endure your grief.
Fair winds and following seas.
Grief does not last forever; love does.
Very Respectfully, Pat Fox (California)
Thank you, Sir,for your sercice to the United States, and your courage being the first African-American to earn a degree from Anapolis. May you rest in peace.
Anchors Aweigh, my boys
Farewell to college joys
We sail at break of day, 'ay 'ay 'ay
Thou our last night ashore
Until we meet once more
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home!
On this Memorial Day weekend, stand up and cheer for all that Wesley Brown did. Having known him for a short time it makes it so much more special. What a man! What a legacy. What an example for all of us to follow.
There is nothing more fitting than your homegoing commingle with this holiday. I salute you Lt Cmdr Brown. Thank you for being one of those shoulders that I proudly stand on.
My condolences for the Brown family. May your fond memories give you comfort at this time.
TO The Brown Family,May God Our Heavenly Father,Give You Peace,And Comfort For Such A Time Like This,Mr Brown Was A Hero,I Salute Him In All His Work And Triumph And All The Things Ge Had To Endure As An Afro-American In The Armed Forces,Glory,Glory Hallelujah! Erma Lee Johnson (Hermosa Beach,Ca,)
Dear Family, it is with great pride, as well as sadness that I pen these words. I thank God for the life of Admiral Wesley Brown. God Bless you.
Rest in peace Mr. Brown. Thank you for your service to our country. My condolences to your family and friends.
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Thank you for being an inspiration to so many.
Michael Clay (Niceville, Fl)
May the "God of all comfort" be with your family at this time.
To the family of this great fore runner, may he rest in peace, and may it give you consolation to know that such a person is honored by many that never knew him personaly, but are riding on the shoulders of those, like him that cleared the path! Thank God for Mr. Brown, and his courage.
Praise Jehovah in Jesus name Wesley Brown was one of the first to graduate from the acamdemy. I will print and add his obituary in my Black History collection. Bless you family and may alway keep you and lift you up!
May God bless this family.
He was a great man.Florence Ray Ann Davis-Dunham
Rest in peace shipmate. Eternal fair winds and following seas.
Sounds like a great man. GOD BLESS
Billie, I know your pain but my prays goes out to you and your family. If you need anything let me know.
Blue of the Seven Seas,
Gold of God's great sun
Let these our colors be
Till all of time be Done...
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
My condolences go out to the Brown family. May your fond memories give you the needed strength and comfort.
Anyone who helped break the color barrier the way this man did is truly a man of courage and determination...well done Mr.Brown...Rest In Peace...
V.Coates Columbus OH
Thank you Lt. Cmdr. Brown for all you sacrficed in your service to your country. Yours is an example for all to look to and to which we should aspire.
My condolences to the family. I was lucky enough to have met Wesley at the dedication ceremony at the Naval Academy 4 years ago. May he rest in peace.
Lt Cmdr Brown, I never met you but am so proud of you Sir...you are a trailblazer. You graduated from the academy the year I was born...1949. May You Rest in Peace!
My condolences to your family for your loss.
What a great accomplishment made in his lifetime.
May the god of tender mercies comfort you all.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Brown at the Academy when I was one of the Navy Engineering Technicians on the Wesley A Brown Field House. He and I had a few chances to talk and I enjoyed his stories and he had some stories and he could talk. I'm sorry that a higher power has called him home, but I'll never forget our talks..
Thankyou for your service and sacrifices.
You were a GREAT MAN...Rest In Peace !!
To the family of Wesley Brown may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
From a veteran of the USAF who benefited from your enormous sacrifices. RIP Pioneer!!!!!! Aaa-Tennnnn-Hut, Preeeeesent Arms...........Orderpppp Arms.....At Ease....FalllllOut!!!!!!
You honor our country . You made the way for people of color, to server the US. I call out Mark Twain(safe and deep water) thank you for service and sacrifice. GBA!!!!.
I just saw him last week scooting through the halls of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on his scooter. He was a great man who overcame a lot and still kept that smile on his face. He will be missed.
It was a pleasure and an honor to have met Mr. Brown. He was a very kind soul. And that laugh...! I salute you sir. Fair winds.
Fair winds and fowling seas.I SALUTE YOU SIR.
THANK YOU SIR. MAY YOUR SOUL HAVE A SAFE JOURNEY HOME. GODSPEED.
"Thank you!" Now take your rest.
Thank you for setting the example for men, God had a purpose for your life, it showed you fufilled
Absence from the body , but present with Lord.
Family, feast on the wonderful memories, his life will encourage others to continue living.
Words, however kind they may be, cannot mend your heartache, but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of God.
May God be with you all the way.
Thank you Mr. Brown so very much, I SALUTE YOU. To the family, my prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of you loss. May the God who gives peace be with you in your time of grief. ( John 5:28 and 29
Thank you for your service to your country
Rest in Peace my brother. What a wonderful life. We are all so proud of you. May God continue to Bless your family ..
I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of peace be with you all.
A great pioneer. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. To God be the Glory!!!
Mr. Wesley Brown embodied leadership, by exuding selflessness, honor, and devotion to duty to his country, and most impotantly his family. His life is inspiring and an example to us all.
Stephen Neff, CWO, USCG
To the family of Lt. Cmdr. Brown. This is truely a trail blazing man, may he rest in peace. I didn't know him but he is I. Thank you for breaking down the wall with all the class in the world. From one sailor to another. CTR2 White (Bakersfield, CA)
My condolences to the the Brown family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. LCDR (ret) Wesley Brown was an inspiration to so many people.
From one veteran to one that gave and sacrificed so much. "I SALUTE YOU",rest in peace.Prayers to your family..(Eddie,Tyler,Tx.)
to the family. I did not know Mr. Brown ,but I would to thank him for paving the way for so many.may he rest in peace."God Bless each and everyone of you !
Evon Foxworth. Charleston S C
A great soul has crossed the bar. RIP. May the peace of GOD give you, family and friends, comfort and joy for this time of transition.
To the family of Mr. Brown
Every life the Lord created, is a gift to be treasured. When that life is lost to us, it is a loss to be mourned. Mr. Brown you have lifted me up out of the despair I was feeling.
You are a example to the world to live with adversity and making the best of it. Bansi Patel Temecula, CA
You paved the way for many of us . Rest in peace. Your light will continue to shine always .
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the Brown Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Brown left us with a great legacy for generations to follow.
My condolences to the family. Your accomplishments were great and a honor for African Americans. From the 1st African American Female Chief - of - Security at a Job Corps Center.
Saluting your veteran this Memorial Day.
What a great man to have conquered all that he did in his lifetime. To be the first to earn a degree was such an accomplishment in those days. I'm sure his family is very proud of this.
Encouraged by the legacy this pioneer of civil rights portrayed..he endured and conquered-a lesson for all human beings, especially our young people of today.
You paved the way for many. Rest in peace. Your light will continue to shine.
Condolences go out to LCDR (ret) Brown's family. He paved the way for many and his accomplishments will not be forgotten!