WILLIAM L BROWN
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 33 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LENNINGTON BROWN

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L BROWN

PANEL / LINE

2E/33

DATE OF BIRTH

10/05/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/09/1965

HOME OF RECORD

YPSILANTI

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washtenaw County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

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POSTED ON 11.6.2021

Battle of Ky Hoa - July 9, 1965

Ky Hoa is a small island off the coast of Vietnam. On the early morning of July 9, 1965, the South Vietnamese Junk Fleet Garrison on Ky Hoa was attacked and overrun by a Viet Cong (VC) force estimated at two companies. The several hundred guerrillas had approached the island in a flotilla of junks, practically under the gunsights of a battalion of U.S. Marines based three miles away at Chu Lai on the nearby mainland. The retaliatory response to the VC initiative took four hours, held up by discussion through military channels about committing the Marines. Complicating the decision was the difficulty of knowing who on the island were VC and who were plain fishermen. The guerrillas, wearing peasant clothing, moved in among the 1500 villagers, making it difficult to distinguish combatant from civilian. At 9:00 AM, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, were transported by amphibious tracked vehicles to the west side of Ky Hoa. The company moved north to the hamlet of Binh An (2) and to the east where they received heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from Hill 12 and the hamlet of Xuan My. Artillery was called in on both positions, and two platoons laid down a base of fire while 3rd Platoon assaulted Hill 12. One squad was heavily hit by incoming 81mm mortar fire, and a second squad received machine gun fire while cutting barbed wire at the base of Hill 12. Three Marines were killed and fourteen were wounded. The lost personnel included SGT Clifford A. Roberts, LCPL Ignacio Almanzar Jr., and LCPL William E. Fowler. Marine UH-1E helicopter gunships came on station and silenced the enemy fire with M60 machine guns and rockets. The VC positions on Hill 12 and in the hamlet were quickly secured with six enemy dead counted. The company continued the attack east while Company B, 3/5 landed at 2:50 PM and swept north. The bodies of sixteen Vietnamese navy personnel and their two American naval advisors were found at the junk headquarters. The lost U.S. advisors were LT William L. Brown and BM1 Leon C. Stein. Only a handful of guerrillas were caught, most of the raiders escaping in broad daylight in the junks they came in. Company A departed the island by LVT’s after dark, and Company B established a defensive perimeter for the night. [Taken from Command Chronology, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, July 1965, and “Only Five Minutes to Darkness.” LIFE magazine, July 23, 1965]
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POSTED ON 10.5.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Sailor.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace LT. Brown, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 8.1.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from fellow officer John Standish is especially poignant. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 7.11.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. You gave everything you had to give. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 7.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear LT William Brown,
Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer (Surface Warfare.) 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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