Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 30, 1988
Pvt. IVAN J. BROWN
There was a nightmarish rehearsal for the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II that resulted in the deaths
of 749 American soldiers on the night of April 27, 1944. This was four times the number of casualties their units
sustained on Utah Beach six weeks later. This information went down with the ships and was considered to be a
very well-kept United States government secret.
Now, some 44 years later, key persons have begun to tenaciously
ask questions and individuals, including Cathy WARD of Mount Ayr, are getting more answers. She is hearing about her
father, Ivan J. BROWN, who went down with a ship carrying him to a simulated landing drill some 15 miles off the
southern coast of England. It was called "Operation Tiger."
BROWN was in 3206 Quartermaster COC-U.S. Army during WWII.
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