RICK S BROWN
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 30 OF THE WALL

RICK SAMUEL BROWN

WALL NAME

RICK S BROWN

PANEL / LINE

5W/30

DATE OF BIRTH

02/07/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/07/1971

HOME OF RECORD

MESA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Maricopa County

STATE

AZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICK SAMUEL BROWN
POSTED ON 2.7.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace SGT. Brown, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Rick S. Brown

Landing Zone Uplift was a 1st Cavalry Division base on Highway QL-1, approximately five miles north of Phu My in Binh Dịnh Province, RVN. In early 1971, LZ Uplift maintained a LRRP Platoon (Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol) employed by E Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. The “Lurp” platoon containing three six-man teams that were well-armed and patrolled deep into enemy held territory. The missions generally followed intelligence reports generated by the Battalion S-2 (Intelligence) and S-3 (Operations) officers. Teams were mostly inserted by helicopter into the target area; however, many times they would walk off the base if the mission was into an adjacent area. Frequently, they would be accompanied by a Kit Carson scouts, former Viet Cong defectors who served as intelligence scouts for American infantry units. Vital communications were maintained with Forward Air Control fixed-wing aircraft. They coordinated close air support for immediate extraction if a team was compromised or had completed their mission. In early January 1971, a six-man team including a Kit Carson scout walked off LZ Uplift for a three-day mission. On January 7, 1971, while returning to Uplift, the radioman, SP4 Richard E. Tabor, transmitted that the team was “in contact.” No other transmissions were heard. Helicopter gunships were scrambled and soon reported seeing five bodies on a road. When an American line unit reached the team, all were dead with bullet wounds to the head. Their Kit Carson was not with them. The lost team members included Tabor, team leader SSG Stephen E. Boots, SP4 Rick S. Brown, SP4 Gerald W. Hill, and PFC Russel C. Nelson. All the Americans’ weapons were missing, and their rucksacks had been rifled through. The other E Company teams were devastated by the loss and were suspicious that the missing Kit Carson may have somehow compromised the team. Several days later, he appeared on another U.S. firebase where he was interrogated, then relocated for his own safety. E Company had little time to grieve as more missions needed to be completed, and the team was quickly replaced. There were two posthumous promotions in the wake of the loss: Brown was promoted to Sergeant and Nelson to Corporal. Several days after the incident, a memorial service was conducted at Uplift for the fallen team members by the Battalion chaplain. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, and information provided by Richard Coogan (July 2020)]
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POSTED ON 4.24.2018
POSTED BY: Stan Sorensen

A soldier named Rick.

Rick Brown. Thanks for your sacrifice. I would have liked to have seen you live.I'll bet you would have made a great contribution to the u.s. in peacetime also. If only the gun would've jammed.
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POSTED ON 11.10.2017

Reading of the Names

SGT Brown,

I had the honor reading your name aloud this evening at the 35th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. I am eternally grateful to call you a brother.
Wayne Knutson
1SG(R), USA
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POSTED ON 7.24.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Rick Brown,
Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman. 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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