MERLE D BROWN
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 118 OF THE WALL

MERLE DEWAYNE BROWN

WALL NAME

MERLE D BROWN

PANEL / LINE

4W/118

DATE OF BIRTH

10/01/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/11/1971

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBUS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MERLE DEWAYNE BROWN
POSTED ON 4.11.2018
POSTED BY: David Botticelli

Remembering Captain Brown

It's been a few days since I memorialized a Vietnam veteran. Thank you, Captain Brown, for everything that you did in Vietnam. It seems like you gave comfort to many soldiers and others there in Vietnam. God Bless You and comfort you with the 58,000 + service people in Heaven. We'll all be reunited soon.
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POSTED ON 11.9.2017
POSTED BY: Darrel Gotvaslee

The Letter

Merle was the minister of my Church in Norwich,ND in the late 60's. I was in Viet Nam when he died. It was ironic as I received a letter from him on that Easter Sunday that he died. Rest in peace Capt. Brown
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POSTED ON 7.23.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear Captain Merle Brown,
Thank you for serving as a Chaplin with the Army. Thank you for those you comforted by your presence and devotion to the Lord. 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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POSTED ON 4.14.2017
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered !!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Merle. :-(
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POSTED ON 9.27.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CAPT Merle D. Brown

Final Mission of CAPT Merle D. Brown
SP4 Wayne W. Baggett was a flight-qualified UH-1 helicopter repairer serving with the 17th Assault Helicopter Company. On April 11, 1971, the 1-20 Infantry Headquarters located at LZ Liz observed an Easter Sunday service with the battalion chaplain, CAPT Merle D. Brown. A hot meal was provided, brought in by a resupply helicopter earlier in the day. At 1600 hours, Alpha Company's resupply ship, Dolphin 21 (ship #191), returned to 3rd Platoon to pick up the empty cans and personnel. SP4 Baggett was the crew chief on this flight. While departing the 3rd Platoon field location, Dolphin 21 was hit by either one rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or an M-79 round. The aircrew attempted to fly the aircraft out of the LZ; however, it was hit by a second RPG or M-79 round which caused the aircraft to crash into the LZ and burn. The LZ then came under a heavy volume of small arms fire, M-79, RPG, B-40 rocket, and machine gun fire from the northeast, east, and south of the perimeter at a distance of 75-100 meters. SP4 Baggett and CAPT Brown were fatally injured in the incident. Nine other U.S. personnel were killed as they attempted to secure the downed helicopter. They included SSGT Jean P. Humbert, SGT James L. Armstrong, SP4 Jon M. Melin, SP4 Jack P. Begley, PFC Douglas A. Varner, PFC Joseph E. Schoolmeesters, PFC Edward P Pilkington, PFC Richard M. Warren, and PFC Joe R. Silva. Another ten were wounded. [Taken from 174ahc.org]
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