This week in Colorado History: Notable Demises
Golden lost a war hero this week in 1921, as Harry Brown died of complications from severe poison gas exposure received in France during World War I. Brown was 31 years and 10 months old. He had attempted to enlist when the United States. entered World War I, but was rejected. Undeterred, he made three more attempts and was rejected each time. He ultimately was drafted and trained at Fort Deming before heading to France with the “Old Hickory” division. He was a member of the 114th machine gun battalion, and it was during this battalion’s drive on the Sambre Canal he was gassed. Brown fought admirably in six major movements and at home was a member of the postal service and a forest ranger.