TERRY L BRADEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 68 OF THE WALL

TERRY LEE BRADEN

WALL NAME

TERRY L BRADEN

PANEL / LINE

14E/68

DATE OF BIRTH

10/20/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/23/1967

HOME OF RECORD

LIBERTY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clay County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

SN

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR TERRY LEE BRADEN
POSTED ON 6.30.2019
POSTED BY: Bruce Krueger

The Moving Wall

I visited it early this morning in Harrisonville MO. The picture of you that someone left , caught my eye & interest. I'm retired Navy and served 4 years at a MIne Warfare Command. Thank you Terry for your service & sacrifice. War (& life) can be so senseless & random. Blessings & Peace to your family.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SN Terry L. Braden

Final Mission of SN Terry L. Braden
On January 23, 1967, two minesweepers from Mine Squadron 11 (Detachment A), Task Force 116, were conducting a routine patrol of a Saigon-area shipping channel when they were struck by Viet Cong heavy automatic weapons fire from the west bank of the Song Dan Xay River. The minesweepers, MSB-16 and MSB-32, were hit by VC hidden in a mangrove swamp as they passed along the channel, the main line for ships moving from the coast up to the port of Saigon. Two crewmen from MSB-16, EN1 Donald C Peddicord and SN Terry L. Braden, were killed by the first burst. Moments later, four PBR’s (river patrol boats) and a helicopter fire team exchanged heavy fire with the enemy. Approximately forty minutes later, an U.S. Army helicopter fire team arrived to lend support. During a low-level firing run, one of the Army helicopters, a UH-1B Razorback gunship (#63-12948) from the 120th Aviation Company, was seen to explode under heavy ground fire and crash into the trees in flames. PBRs immediately lifted a Vietnamese Regional Force platoon to the area. When the Regional Force troops reached the burning helicopter, they noted that the bodies of three of the crew members were still inside the helicopter. A fourth burned body was found near the wreckage. The troops were unable to remove the bodies because of the intense heat. Three hours later, when the troops were withdrawn by Navy river craft, the helicopter was still burning. The remains of the crew were recovered in the days following the incident. The lost Razorback crewmen included pilots CPT Guinn J. Rogers and WO1 Julian A. Fincher Jr., crew chief CPL Peter Maciel Jr., and gunner SP4 Michael J. Vitacco. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and “VC Machine Gun Minesweeper, Down Helicopter.” Pacific Stars and Stripes, January 25, 1967]
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POSTED ON 5.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SEAMAN BRADEN,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A SEAMAN. IT IS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, BUT ON ALL DAYS WE SHOULD HONOR YOU. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 9.5.2016
POSTED BY: Bruce Hardaway

Remembering Terry Braden

I remember Terry as the older brother to my very good friend Larry Braden. He had any apartment with his wife Joann, very close to the Dairy Queen. A few of us were outside the apartment with Larry when Terry's wife got the word that Terry had been killed. I knew that Terry was in the Navy, but I also learned that he was in the "Brown Water Navy". He was a crew member of a small boat that had missions on the rivers in RVN. On one of these missions they were ambushed from the shore, and Terry was hit.
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POSTED ON 11.24.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SN Terry Lee Braden, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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