This week’s Throwback Thursday takes a look at an article published in the November 16, 1945 edition of the Carroll County Democrat about the accomplishments of Gordon Browning, former governor of Tennessee.
Another Recognition for Col. Gordon Browning
The Associated Press of Brussels, Belgium, on Nov. 9, gave out the contents of a letter which had been written to Former Governor Gordon Browning who is now a Lt. Col. with the U. S. Army in Brussels, Belgium.
The story, as quoted from the Press-Scimitar, follows:
“Lt. Col. Gordon Browning, former governor of Tennessee, received a new official commendation on the occasion of receiving the Belgian Order of the Crown, officer degree, here recently.
“The chief of the American government mission to Belgium and Luxembourg, Col. John B. Sherman, used the occasion to write Browning a letter of congratulations. Sherman released the letter, which follows:
” ‘Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your receipt of the officer degree of the Order of the Crown from the Belgian government in recognition of your outstanding service to that country and to the Allied forces. No one knows better than I how well you deserve this award.
” ‘For over a year you have been head of the vitally important Civil Affairs Division of General Eisenhower’s mission to Belgium and Luxembourg. In that capacity you have earned the confidence and respect of your associates and all the service and government officials. Your devotion to duty, sympathetic understanding, unquestioned loyalty, outstanding leadership, and important accomplishments, often under extremely trying circumstances, have been an inspiration to everyone who came within your wide scope of activities.
” ‘During the trying and vitally important days of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, you spent all your time with the armies in the field rather than entrust the vitally important work that was there to be done to other officers serving on your staff. While you were with our gallant forces in the Ardennes, they felt the full force of the German onslaught and finally drove the remnants from Belgian soil. While at the front you rendered invaluable assistance to the U. S. First Army in many ways and to the stricken people of that region after the tide of invasion was thrown back.
” ‘You have at all times lived up to the highest traditions of the Army and have reflected great credit on yourself and your country. You have made an invaluable contribution to the Allied effort, often at great risk to your personal safety.
” ‘For this meritorious service you have already received a high award from our government. I know that it is the intention of several other grateful foreign governments besides Belgium to present you with well deserved high decorations.
” ‘Again I congratulate you and extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation’.”