Private Joseph Roland Brown

Private Joseph Roland Brown

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, October 22, 1918

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Joseph Roland Brown

Private Joseph Brown died after contracting the Spanish Flu while in the performance of his duties.

Due to the devastation of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 members of the Pennsylvania State Police had been ordered to perform duties such as, assisting nurses and doctors in taking care of influenza victims, serve as pallbearers of influenza victims, assisting health officers, transporting victims to and from hospitals, and to police the Borough of Exeter after the two members of their police force succumbed to the influenza.

Private Joseph Brown was a U.S Army veteran and was survived by his parents, and several siblings.

From 1918 to early 1919, the Spanish flu pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed approximately 675,000 Americans. Many officers contracted this virus due to the requirements of their job.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Friday, October 11, 1918

communicable disease

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We honor Pvt. Brown today, on the 100th anniversary of his death, who died serving those suffering from the Spanish flu epidemic if 1918-19. My grandmother was a victim of the flu, and died 12/11/1918 in Seattle.

Pvt Brown is hereby honored for his service and sacrifice.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

October 22, 2018

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