Elizabeth Brown

“This letter is to express our deep appreciation for your very excellent responses to every request we have made regarding the military service records of Donald Brown, Dallis Brown, and Bernard C. Smith, Sr.

In 2017, we had made a decision to seek out help in building a legacy for generations to come regarding the military service of our fathers. We were referred to you, our current representative Cheri Bustos. We contacted your office and the Constituent Advocate assisted us in the initiation of the process. Each time we made a request, we always received what we considered to be a very prompt response from Rep. Cheri Bustos and staff.

By the end of 2017, we had received the following information:

For Donald Brown, who actively served from February 1966-January 1968, we received all information regarding his time of service including an Honorable Discharge from the U.S Army. His certificate of Discharge was awarded as a testament of honest and faithful service to his country the United States of America. Also, he received Honorable Discharge from the Standing Reserve in 1973. Donald J. was honored recently on May 20, 2018 by the Quad City Quilts of Valor and received a very impressive quilt along with other very worthy recipients.

For Dallis Brown, whose Tour of Active Duty in the United States Army was from November 1943-August 11, 1944, we received a certificate of Honorable Discharge. This certificate was awarded as a testament of honest and faithful service to his country. We were notified that all other records of service were not in file of the National Personnel Records Center of the Army military personnel from 1912 through 1959.

For Bernard C. Smith, Sr., who dedicated his life to the service of the United States of America from 1943 until his death in August 1968, receiving many letters of commendation for outstanding performance during active duty. Also receiving the following medals: Good Conduct Medal & Clasp Bronze 4 Loops, American Defense Service, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign & Bronze Star, World War II victory, Army of Occupation & Japan Clasp, National Defense Service & Bronze Star Attachment, Philippine Liberation Ribbon & Bronze Star Attachment & the Honorable Service Lapel Button.

We are overwhelmed with the impression that what was a priority to us was also a priority to you. We thank you for your exceptional service.”

Elizabeth Brown, Rock Island