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GARY MICHAEL BRANNON


is honored on Panel 28W, Line 33 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SGT Gary M. Brannon

    Posted on 9/12/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SGT Gary M. Brannon, SSGT Lewis E. Sampler, and SP4 David A. Weber were infantrymen serving with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. 1LT Jimmy D. Bean was a platoon commander assigned to 1st Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On March 25, 1969, all four soldier were killed in an engagement with the NVA after being inserted by helicopter near FSB Keane-FSB Meade, Duc Hoa District, Hau Nghia Province, RVN. The following is a personal account of the Delta Company ambush by Howard W. Mitchell: “We hit a hot LZ and headed for a tree line. My platoon was in the lead. When my four lead men were about 15 meters from the trees the enemy opened fire. The point went down instantly. We had walked right into an ambush, an L-shaped bunker complex, and they had us. We worked to recover the four point men and got one, but could not reach the rest. They had us pinned down under heavy fire and tried to flank us. We later found out we were facing a reinforced company of NVA regulars. The Battalion Command and Control (C&C) chopper came on station overhead. They called for one of our sister companies, Bravo, to move in to help us. They came in and drew heavy fire and soon they were pinned down, too. They lost a lieutenant right off the bat, along with several of his platoon. The medevacs that flew in to get our wounded drew heavy fire and could not land. The C&C called for more artillery support and F-4 jets. We spent all day trying to reach my three remaining point men. We could get within 20 or 30 meters, but no closer. They did not respond to any calls or signals. I lost one of my best platoon sergeants and several other men trying to get to them. At dark the Battalion Commanding Officer ordered us to pull back and establish a NDP (Night Defensive Perimeter). Later that night, one of our listening posts popped a claymore and dragged an NVA in brand new clothes and web gear into the perimeter. I remember one of my point men making it back to the NDP with napalm burns. He told me the other two were killed in the first few minutes of the fight. The next morning the enemy was gone, and we went back in and retrieved the other two.” The four men killed in action on March 25, 1969: SGT Gary M. Brannon (Delta Company), SSGT Lewis E. Sampler (Delta Company), SP4 David A. Weber (Delta Company) and 1LT Jimmy D. Bean (Bravo Company). Brannon and Weber received posthumous promotions to Staff Sergeant and Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Howard W. Mitchell at i-kirk.info]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 6/25/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Staff Sgt. Brannon,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Independence Day is approaching, and it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/25/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Staff Sergeant Brannon for your devotion, leadership, and courage under fire.
  • Remembering

    Posted on 3/24/15 - by Lyn Long
    On this anniversary of the state and nation losing SSGT Browning defending out freedom the Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma most humbly and gratefully acknowledged the sacrifices of he and his family.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/25/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Gary Michael Brannon, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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