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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