BROWN, JAMES DAVID
Rank / Branch:
Specialist 4, E-4
FIRST AVIATION BRIGA
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, CRASH HELIC
Awards & Decorations:
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JAMES DAVID BROWN, SPECIALIST FOUR, U.S. ARMY, SAN ANGELO,TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Wings, Ranger Tab, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Military Merit Medal
James was born in Corona, Riverside County, California to Thelma Louise Yancey and James Charles Brown. His father was career Air Force and he was raised from England to Taiwan. He used his middle name of David. He attended all three years of his high school years at San Angelo Central High School when his fatherr was assigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. He graduated from high school in 1971 and enlisted in the Army on June 3, 1971 within days of graduation.
San Angelo Central High School-1970 as a Junior
He completed basic training and infantry AIT at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then completed parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then completed Ranger Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He started his tour in Vietnam on March 17, 1971 and was assigned to the 196th Infantry Brigade of the Americal Division as a LRRP. In June his company was moved to Camp Horn near Da Nang and were redesignated as Company F Rifle Security, 50th Infantry. When the program of withdrawing American troops from combat roles continued in late 1972, the personnel of Company F stood down and were re-designated the 164th Combat Assault Group on October 29, 1972 and were to provide security and support to Aviation Groups under the First Aviation Brigade.
On October 31, 1972, his group were being ferried by CH47 helicopters to their new base camp. Specialist Brown was a passenger in CH47C tail number 69-17119. This helicopter was shot down by a shoulder fired SAM-7 missile. The helicopter crashed and killed all 15 personnel on board, eleven of the personnel were members of Specialist Brown's company.
Specialist Four Brown was buried with full military honors in the Plainview Cemetery in Plainview, Texas. Besides his parents, he was survived by a brother, Charles and sisters, Jean and Mary. His mother was a Plainview native before marrying David's father. His parents spent their retirement years in Albuquerque after his father retired as a Senior Master Sergeant at Kirtland, AFB. His parents are now deceased, his father in 1994 and his mother in 2012 and are buried next to him.
Plainview Cemetery, Plainview, Texas