CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (AP) — Lloyd Brown, the last known surviving World War I Navy veteran, has died. He was 105.
Brown died Thursday at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County, according to family and the U.S. Naval District in Washington.
His death came only days after the March 27 death of the last known surviving American female World War I veteran, Charlotte L. Winters, who was 109.
Brown was born Oct. 7, 1901, in Lutie, Mo., a small farming town in the Ozarks. In 1918, at age 16, Brown lied about his age to join the Navy and was soon on the gun crew on the battleship USS New Hampshire.
When Brown ended his military career in 1925, he joined the Washington Fire Department’s Engine Company 16, which served the White House and embassies.
Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2007