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June 7, 2012
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
June 6, 2012
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.
June 6, 2012
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.
June 6, 2012

"To the family of Wesley Brown,
"The nation has lost another unsung hero.
My heart goes out to the family and friends.
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