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JOHN HENRY RALPH BROOKS


is honored on Panel 25W, Line 95 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/10/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear SSGT Brooks,
    Thank you for your service as a Huey, UH-1 Helicopter Repairer. I read you are still MIA.
    Please come home.
    It is now summer, 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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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/27/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT John Henry Ralph Brooks, 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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  • Final Mission of SP4 John H.R. Brooks

    Posted on 7/28/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 13, 1969, SP4 John H.R. Brooks was the crew chief aboard one of three helicopters assigned the task of inserting Republic of Korea soldiers into Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam. While approaching the landing zone (LZ), the three aircraft came under enemy fire, and during the insertion, SP4 Brooks' aircraft was hit, spun in the air, and crashed. Three of the 9 Koreans aboard the aircraft survived, evaded capture and were able to link up with Korean and American units the next day. One evadee reported that one Korean was killed in the helicopter and the American who was firing the machine gun on the left side of the helicopter was also killed. After the helicopter crashed, he saw the same American pinned under the helicopter (presumably the door gunner). The next day the bodies of all the other American crewmen except Brooks were found. Equipment thought to belong to Brooks was discovered near the burned helicopter. However, there was no sign of Brooks. Members of the crash site team agreed that while at the crash site a Korean soldier who had been in the helicopter reported that he had seen one American and two Koreans running down the hill from the crash site. No U.S. bodies were found down the hill; all of them were found at the top of the hill where the crash occurred. Crew members of the other aircraft reported seeing what they felt was SP4 Brooks exit the aircraft after it crashed and burned, yet there was now no sign of him. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 3/14/12 - by Arthur Wiknik, Jr.
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  • John H. Brooks this WO will never forget you

    Posted on 11/4/09 - by Fellow member of the 129th AHC
    I had only been in the company for 28 days when your helicoper was shot down. I knew you best of all the crew members on your aircraft that day. I had worked with you on aircraft run ups and how could one ever forget someone whose name was John Henry.

    I held out hope that you might be found alive running with the Koreans who you were last seen with running down the hill. That hope never came to fruition and I want you to know that this member of the 129th will never forget you or the other crew members who passed with you on 05/13/69. J. H. Brooks thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

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