Earl W. Brownell

SGT. EARL BROWNELL
Sergeant Earl Brownell has arrived in southern France, according to word received by his aunt, Mrs. Cora Brownell, with whom he made his home.

He received his training at Fort Knox, KY; Fort George G. Meade, MD; Camp Young, CA; Camp Shelby, MS; Camp Pickett, VA; and Fort Jackson, SC. He entered the service on January 8, 1942. 

He is the son of Roy Brownell, Route 3, Eau Claire.


Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Star Given Sgt. Earl Brownell
WITH THE 781ST TANK BATTALION OF THE SEVENTH ARMY IN AUSTRIA—For heroism in action in the vicinity of Obereifesheim, Germany, last April, Earl W. Brownell, son of Roy Brownell, Route 3, Eau Claire, has recently been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star. Sergeant Brownell's citation reads in part: 

"Brownell maneuvered his tank across an open field in direct fire of the enemy in order to afford a patrol of pinned-down infantrymen protection. In the face of intense enemy machine gun fire, both the tank and the patrol successfully withdrew. Sergeant Brownell's actions were in accordance with the highest traditions of the military service."

The Sergeant, a previous winner of the Bronze Star, had fought with his fellow tankers in the 781st in the Seventh Army breakthrough of both the Maginot and Siegfried lines and in the Seventh's blitz through the Nazis' Bavarian redoubt and the Tyrol. At present, the battalion is occupying a small town near Innsbruck.

Sergeant Brownell entered the service on January 3, 1942 and trained at Fort Knox, KY; Fort George G. Meade, MD; Camp Young, CA; Camp Shelby, MS; Camp Pickett, VA; and Fort Jackson, SC.