Jackson Brown’s WWI service resulted in 100% disability. He and his wife never had children, leaving no direct descendants to ensure that his sacrifice is not forgotten.
Jackson was called to duty on July 15, 1918. He served in the 12th Labor Battalion, serving overseas from August 27, 1918, until March 12, 1919.
When he returned home, he was suffering from empyema: infected fluid between the lung and chest wall.
[Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.]
Pvt Brown was not discharged until July 28, 1920, which shows he required an incredibly long period of medical care by the US Army. He was designated 100% disabled, which indicates the Army considered his disability a result of his service.
It’s possible that he was exposed to poisonous gas, which can result in many issues as detailed in a previous profile, and could be responsible for the kidney failure which eventually caused his death. Gas exposure has also been blamed for sterility, contributing to the many WWI veterans who could have no children and thus, had no surviving generations to ensure their lives and sacrifices are not forgotten.
His wife applied for a military headstone, which was installed at Saint James AME Zion Church Cemetery in Leland. She died the following year.
Source of headstone photo: Findagrave
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