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Twins: Together in war & peace

Leon Brown, left, and Loren (Dale) Brown joined the Navy in 1968 at 18. They ended up in the Marines, did boot camp together and both were trained has corpsman. At the time that job had 50 percent mortality rate, so they were told one of them wouldn’t be coming home. They beat the odds. Dale was wounded, however. The corpsman who came to his aid? His twin brother, Leon. They settled in the area; Dale in Spokane and Leon in Deer Park. (Colin Mulvany/SR photo)
Leon Brown, left, and Loren (Dale) Brown joined the Navy in 1968 at 18. They ended up in the Marines, did boot camp together and both were trained has corpsman. At the time that job had 50 percent mortality rate, so they were told one of them wouldn’t be coming home. They beat the odds. Dale was wounded, however. The corpsman who came to his aid? His twin brother, Leon. They settled in the area; Dale in Spokane and Leon in Deer Park. (Colin Mulvany/SR photo)

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.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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