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Chief Warrant Officer Coats Brown

Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Coats Brown, 96, died in Dacula, Georgia, on Friday, September 1, 2006.

CW3 Coats Brown's distinguished shooting career began in 1935 with his enlistment in the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. He soon established a reputation as the best marksman in the Regiment by demonstrating his proficiency with practically every weapon in the inventory including the 1903 Springfield service rifle, the caliber .45 service pistol, the Browning automatic rifle (BAR), and the caliber .30 water-cooled machine gun. As a result, he was assigned as NCOIC of the battalion rifle team. Brown's effective training enabled his battalion to achieve an overall 92 percent qualification rate, which was the highest in the Regiment.

In 1939, CW3 Brown won the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match over a field of more than 3,000 competitors in the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. He also won the Coast Guard Trophy Match and was a firing member of the team that won the Roumanian Trophy, Enlisted Men’s Trophy, Herrick Trophy, and Infantry Squad Team Trophy. He was awarded the U. S. Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge in 1939.

CW3 Brown was assigned as Head Coach of the newly formed Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Team in 1956. Under his supervision, which included many long hours on the "Dry Fire" range, the Army won the National Trophy Team Match the following year at Camp Perry. CW3 Brown retired from the Army in 1965.

In 1965 he was hired as a Graphics Illustrator by the USAMU—a position he held for 17 years. It was during this period that he refurbished the many trophies won by USAMU shooters and teams and established the unit trophy room. Coats was also a national recognized calligrapher. He never sold his elegant calligraphy but gave them as gifts or donations. One such calligraphy of the Lord's Prayer that he donated to a Columbus, Georgia, charitable organization fetched over $1,000 for the charity in a silent auction.

Coats was inducted into the USAMU Support Hall of Fame and later into USAMU Hall of Fame. He was the senior member of the Military Marksmanship Association.

Coats Brown's invaluable contributions to Army marksmanship as a shooter, coach, and graphics illustrator spanned a 47-year career. His training methods have influenced more riflemen than any other Army service rifle coach in history. He taught would be rifle shooters to be extraordinary riflemen.

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