Herman BrownPrivate First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
16 July 1947 - 08 November 1965
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Herman Brown was born in a small southwest Virginia town. He was the first killed in Vietnam from the county he lived in.
He was set on not living his life as a coal miner and enlisted in the Army. He wanted to make a career of it. He joined in January 1965. On June 30, 1965 he was sent to Vietnam (What a way to spend your 18th birthday).
Everyone is very proud of my uncle Herman. He died doing what he wanted to do. He was taken before many of his nieces and nephews were born, but his brothers and sisters kept his memory alive and told us of the great man Herman was.
As a child every Veterans' Day and Memorial Day I carried his picture with me to school. I really didn't understand what he was really fighting for? Why did my uncle have to go? I now understand he died doing something he wanted to do.
To a man I never knew, I love you, I am so proud of you. Until we meet in the sky, sleep with the angels.
From his niece,
by his uncle,
A Note from The Virtual WallIn early November 1965 the "Sky Soldiers" of the 173rd Airborne Brigade began a recon-in-force operation about 25 miles north of Saigon. On 09 November, C Company, 1/503rd Infantry was engaged at Hill 65. B Company, 1/503rd was directed to assist C Company in what became a vicious fight between the two infantry companies and the best part of a North Vietnamese Army regiment. Although the Sky Soldiers held out, the battle was costly ... 47 American soldiers killed in action and two later dead of wounds received in the fight.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Jul 2006
Last updated 02/24/2008