‘Good Grief’: Local veteran Charlie Brown recaps time in Korea
In Newton, Charlie Brown isn’t just the name of the main character from the “Peanuts” comic strips. He’s a retired barber, who came home after 17 months and 25 days in the U.S. Army as a decorated soldier and with a commendation letter from former Gov. Leo Hoegh.
Brown said that at 18, he was the youngest licensed barber in Iowa at the time, but then he received his draft notice and reported for duty from Newton in 1952.
“Well, they didn’t care for it,” Brown said of his family’s reaction to him getting drafted. “All three of us served. I served in Korea, one brother in Germany and one brother never got out of the States.”
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