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William Ernest Brown
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1948
Death: Nov. 15, 1968

"Billy" was born in Carmel, Ohio, on Feb. 6, 1948. He was the son of Ernest A. Brown and Zelma Beekman.

Billy's siblings were Kenneth, Rodney, Eugene, and Mary (m. name Ryburn).

He married Nancy Lewis on Nov. 17, 1966.

Billy went to school at Sinking Spring, Ohio. Before entering the Army, he worked for the Highland County [Ohio] Highway Department.

Billy was drafted into the Army via Selective Service in 1968, and was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division: C Co 4th Bn 39th Inf. Their division motto was "ANYTHING - ANYWHERE - ANYTIME - BAR NONE."


Billy was a Spec. 4 serving in the United States Army when he was killed in action during his seventh month in Viet Nam, on Friday, November 15, 1968, at the height of the conflict in South Vietnam, when he was 20 years old.

The official site of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial lists this information for him:
"WILLIAM ERNEST BROWN
SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
9th Infantry Division
Length of service 1 year
His tour began on Apr 20, 1968
Casualty was on Nov 15, 1968
In DINH TUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered" (Panel 39W - Line 69)

Dinh Tuong was a small, very rural farming area in the north of the Mekong Delta, one of the most dangerous places in South Vietnam in 1968. When I was growing up, I always heard that he was killed when the jeep he was riding in ran over an explosive device.

Billy's visitation was held at the Murray Funeral Home in Greenfield, Ohio. He was buried with a military funeral held at the United Methodist Church in Carmel, Ohio, with Rev. Dewey Wright officiating.

He was interred in the Beavers Cemetery in Rainsboro, Highland County, Ohio.


 
 
Burial:
Beavers Cemetery
Highland County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: Kathy Riley Williams
Record added: Dec 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17168196
William Ernest Brown
Added by: Kevin Vergamini
 
William Ernest Brown
Added by: Kevin Vergamini
 
 
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You and men like you, are the reason we are free today! As a spouse of a NAVY veteran I salute you sir for the sacrifices that you made!
- CindyS
 Added: Jun. 30, 2013

-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
William, I honor you today on your birthday.
- Jill
 Added: Feb. 8, 2010
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