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AQUILLA FRIEND BRITT


is honored on Panel 28E, Line 64 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 11/7/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Major Aquilla Friend Britt, Served with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/3/17 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Major Britt,
    Thank you for your service as a Pilot (F-105 Thurderchief) AKA THUD with Ryan's Raiders. Tomorrow is Independence Day, 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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  • Honor and Remember

    Posted on 8/25/16 - by Sandra Luhnow
    You are honored and remembered on the Heartland Youth for Decency Vietnam Memorial. The Vietnam Memorial was built by a group of high school and college students from the La Mesa area called Heartland Youth for Decency back in 1970. The memorial park is dedicated to veterans who were living in Southern California's Heartland area (consisting of the communities of La Mesa, Spring Valley, Jamul, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Santee, and Lakeside) when they accepted the call to military service, during which service they gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
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  • Unca Quilla

    Posted on 6/24/16 - by The Rabbit
    I'll never forget the summer day you left Albequerque to go back home, I so wanted to go back with you. At nine I had the hugest neice for uncle crush on you. Not only were you handsome and strong, you were kind, funny, and gentle with your brother's adoring daughter. You never made me feel like a pest, you never said "later, kid." You always made me feel like a whole, complete person. You understood.
    Your name is absolutely fitting for who you were. Friend was your second name and it was your nature (how did Grannie Britt know you so well to name you thus as a baby? Amazing!) Friend of the eagle, yes. To me you are a soaring golden eagle riding the thermals above the mesas and canyons of the southwest.
    I remember your laughter and your twinkling eyes. I love you Quilla, I will always love you. You were also friend of the Rabbit - me. Bunny
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 10/25/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Aquilla Friend Britt (AFSN: 0-3065105), United States Air Force (Reserve), for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an F-105 Thunderchief of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action over Vu Chua Rail Yard, North Vietnam, on 10 May 1967. On that date, Captain Britt flew the first single ship night low-level radar attack against this vital target in North Vietnam. Flying 500 to 1,000 feet above the ground in adverse weather the single ship F-105F encountered intense anti-aircraft fire while still sixty miles from target. Undaunted, and maneuvering solely on instruments, Captain Britt pressed on to the target where he experienced heavy anti-aircraft fire. Disregarding his own personal safety, Captain Britt accurately placed his bombs on this vital target and obtained numerous secondary explosions. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Britt has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-1327 (August 24, 1967)

    Action Date: May 10, 1967

    Service: Air Force

    Rank: Captain

    Company: 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron

    Regiment: 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

    Division: Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.