Albert Brown

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Albert Brown was born in North Platte, Nebraska back in 1905 to Albert Sr., and Ida. His mother was the aunt of actor Henry Fonda and his father was the godson of Buffalo Bill Cody. He joined the R.O.T.C. while in high school. In 1927, he received his bachelor’s degree in dentistry for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was drafted into the military in 1937, stationed in the Philippines. Of course, he was there when the Japanese invasion. He was part of the Bataan Death March. He survived for three years in a Japanese POW camp from 1942-1945, eating nothing but rice. When he was liberated he had lost 80pounds, suffering from no less than 12 different diseases including dengue fever, malaria and dysentery. He also suffered from a broker neck and back. He was nearly blind from his mistreatment, the doctors told him he would not live to see 50.

He moved to Los Angeles unable to return to dentistry due to his injuries. He turned to being a landlord renting properties to Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. He died in Nashville, Illinois.

What you may not know about Albert is that he was the oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March dying in 2011 at the age of 105 years.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray wow.... 105 is a ripe old age after being told 50 would be a bonus...

Apr 22, 2019 02:52 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A lucky man to live so long with his medical problems.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 22, 2019 04:42 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is some story. What an amazing man, strong and resolute too. 105.....Wow.

Apr 22, 2019 04:49 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Albert never focused on the negative. What a strong will to live that long with all his problems. No complaints from me today! Enjoy your day!

Apr 22, 2019 05:15 AM #4
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It's very inspiring to know we can overcome great tragedy and have a long life. I'd love to know more about Albert. Thanks James Dray 

Apr 22, 2019 05:42 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Positive thinking...and determination can go a long way to proving medical science predictions very wrong.

Apr 22, 2019 05:48 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was sure lucky to make it to that age. What is it that people have to treat people so badly.

Apr 22, 2019 05:50 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Quite an interesting man with a very interesting life, I had never heard of him before today.

Apr 22, 2019 07:44 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


In the very near future, I think that living to a 105 will not be an anomaly.  It will be the new normal.  A

Apr 22, 2019 08:02 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, with all those problems and still do not know how he lasted that long.  

Apr 22, 2019 08:56 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - There are so many stories of doctors giving the patient really bad news but the patient proves them wrong.  

Apr 22, 2019 11:43 AM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Just goes to show even doctors can't measure the power of the human spirit!

Apr 22, 2019 01:48 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- that is an amazing story!  Look at the power of his mind over matter. 

Apr 22, 2019 02:31 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I had a math teacher who was in the Bataan death March and he was an odd fellow. I didn’t understand, at the time, what he had endured in his life. I would have been much more of odd person, James Dray .

Apr 22, 2019 09:06 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a life and incredible adventures to be able to live and talk about, hard to believe related to Henry Fonda and Buffalo Bill Cody... Endre

Apr 22, 2019 11:26 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

What a wonderful and long life he was granted after such a horrendous experience.

Apr 23, 2019 10:53 AM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this information about Albert Brown.  It's amazing what a powerful mind can do.

Apr 23, 2019 09:48 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

In 4 paragraphs, James Dray, you managed to fill each with an amazing story and history. 

Apr 25, 2019 12:08 PM #18
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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James Dray 

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My college roommate's aunt was in the forced march as a nurse colonel. Somehow she came out the camp gaining weight to 220 pound.  The family got big frame and my roomate played football in college.

Apr 28, 2019 08:13 AM #19
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