Francis Ii Brown honored with the French Croix de Guerre, 1918.


News was received from Paris, and written by him to his elder brother in Honolulu, about the French Nation giving the “Cross of War” to Francis Ii Brown, one of the children of Mrs. Irene Kahalelaukoa Holloway, and the reason he received this “Cross of War” was because of an act of bravery done; this Hawaiian Boy did not inform his elder brother in Honolulu in his letter the reason that he received this “Cross of War,” but it is clear that this “Cross,” was received because of an act of bravery he carried out.

At the very end of his letter to his elder brother in Honolulu, he wrote these words. “Here are the American soldiers doing their fearless deeds, and the Germans pushed back by our fearless boys, and there were many weapons which the Germans left behind, and not only weapons, many Germans were taken prisoner by the hands of the Americans; the Germans are forevermore retreating, and it is just a question of time before they flee from the soil of France. The French soldiers are highly skilled at using their canons, and the casualties of the Germans have been great from the canons of the French. Perhaps only a short time remains before these Germans surrender, and the war will be over, and we will turn back for home.”

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/25/1918, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 12, Helu 17, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 26, 1918.

2 thoughts on “Francis Ii Brown honored with the French Croix de Guerre, 1918.

  1. Francis Brown’s conjecture that World War I would not last much longer was fortunately correct. It would end about a month and a half after the date of this article’s publication.

    Francis was my great-uncle. As I remember, he and at least one other friend from Honolulu might have gone to Europe to join in the war effort even before the USA became involved in April 1917. He was an ambulance driver.

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