Leon and Loren “Dale” Brown have been watching out for each other since the day they were born. The fraternal twins arrived March 5, 1948, in Topeka, Kansas. Dale, the older by 20 minutes, said, “Mother swore we were identical until the day she died.” They grew up in a large family on the east side of Topeka − opportunities to better themselves were scarce, so in 1966, at age 18, they joined the U.S. Navy. “We couldn’t afford college. We knew we’d eventually get drafted, so we signed up,” Dale said. Leon shrugged. “We liked the uniforms and we wanted to see the world. We heard things about guys getting killed in Vietnam, but we thought that was just the Army”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.