Born in 1925, Pawtucket resident Ken Brown joined the Navy in early 1943. He saw action in the Mediterranean, European, China-Burma-India and Pacific theaters, and participated in both the Sicilian and Normandy invasions as a Gunner’s Mate on LSTs. Brown took flying lessons shortly after his discharge, and in 1957 he joined the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller. He also became an Instrument Instructor, obtained his Multi-Engine and ATP ratings, and taught aerobatics. After more than 20 years as an Air Traffic Controller (with his last assignment at T. F. Green), he was promoted to Accident Investigator. He later became the Regional Safety Coordinator for all of New England, and at one time was chief pilot the FAA’s King Air. He was named the Rhode Island Pilots Association Airman of the Year in 1979.
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