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Herman Brown
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1947
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1965
Bien Hoa
Dong Nai, Vietnam

On 05 Nov 1965 the 173rd Airborne Brigade initiated "Operation Hump", a reconnaissance in force in an area about 15 miles north of Bien Hoa. The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed south of the Dong Nai River while the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, conducted a helicopter assault on a LZ northwest of the Dong Nai and Song Be Rivers. Little contact was made through 07 Nov, when B and C Companies settled into a night defensive position southeast of Hill 65, a triple-canopy jungled hill.
At about 0600 on the morning of 08 Nov, C Company began a move northwest toward Hill 65, while B Company moved northeast toward Hill 78. Shortly before 0800, C Company was engaged by a sizable enemy force well dug in to the southern face of Hill 65. At 0845, B Company was directed to wheel in place and proceed toward Hill 65 with the intention of relieving C Company.

B Company reached the foot of Hill 65 at about 0930 and moved up the hill. Three things soon became obvious:

There was a very large enemy force in place on the hill;
C Company was getting hammered; and
By chance, B Company was forcing the enemy's left flank.
Under pressure from B Company's flanking attack the enemy force - most of the Q-761st NVA Regiment - moved to the northwest, whereupon the B Company commander called in air and artillery fires on the retreating troops. B Company halted in place in an effort to locate and consolidate with C Company's platoons, managing to establish a coherent defensive line running around the hilltop from southeast to northwest, but with little cover on the southern side.
Meanwhile, the NVA commander realized that his best chance was to close with the US soldiers so that the 173rd's air and artillery fire could not be effectively employed. He attempted to out-flank the US position atop the hill from both the east and the southwest, moving his troops closer to the Americans. The result was shoulder-to-shoulder attacks up the hillside, hand-to-hand fighting, and isolation of parts of B and C Companies ... but the Americans held against two such attacks. Although the fighting continued after the second massed attack, it reduced in intensity as the NVA commander again attempted to disengage and withdraw. By late afternoon it seemed that contact had been broken off by the enemy, allowing the two companies to prepare a night defensive position while collecting their dead and wounded in the center of the position. Although a few of the most seriously wounded were extracted by USAF helicopters using Stokes litters, the triple-canopy jungle prevented the majority from being evacuated until the morning of 09 Nov.

The result of the battle was heavy losses on both sides - 49 Sky Soldiers dead, many more wounded, and 403 dead NVA troops.

173rd Engineer Co
PFC Davis Uptain, Fayette, AL

C Btry, 3rd Bn, 319th Artillery
SGT Lloyd V. Greene, Paterson, NJ
PFC Steve I. Orris, Wayne, MI

A Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
PFC John E. Hannigan, Antioch, CA
PSGT Leroy Hill, Washington, DC
PFC Samuel S. Tolliver, Richmond, VA
2LT David L. Ugland, Minneapolis, MN

B Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
SFC Bryant Brayboy, Philadelphia, PA
PFC Herman Brown, Richlands, VA
SSG Magno Campos, Lahaina, HI
SFC Henry T. Cannon, Jacksonville, FL
PFC Lavalle E. Carlton, Cleveland, OH
PFC Gary L. Elmore, Garden City, MI
SP4 Everett W. Goias, San Francisco, CA
PFC Kenneth E. Graham, Defiance, OH
SGT Rebel L. Holcomb, Wichita, KS
SGT Lawrence P. Howard, Philadelphia, PA
SP4 Wayne W. Humphries, Shawnee, OK
SGT David L. Keel, Houston, TX
PFC Michael M. Medley, Jackson, MI
PVT Charles L. Mitchell, New York, NY
PFC Jerry L. Potter, Englewood, CO
PFC Michael P. Russo, New York, NY
SSG Theodore Shamblin, Fayetteville, WV (DoW 11/11/1965)
2LT Clair H. Thurston, Thorndike, ME
PFC Danny R. Ward, Beauty, KY
PFC Kelly E. Whitaker, Memphis, TN

C Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
PFC Rudolph R. Aguilar, Los Angeles, CA
SP4 James Belton, State Park, SC
PFC Byron J. Foster, Detroit, MI
PFC Joseph T. Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA
SP4 Robert W. Harden, Waycross, GA
SSG Clifton W. Harrington, Aberdeen, NC
SGT John A. Hughlett, Brighton, TN
SGT Theodore R. Jones, Auburn, NE
CPL Cleo Lockett, Birmingham, AL
PFC Valentine Marquez, Wiley, CO
PFC Michael K. Mathison, East St Louis, IL
PFC Harold M. Smith, Sumter, SC
PFC Daniel J. Sobota, Peoria, IL
SP4 Cordell Spencer, Bessemer, AL
SP4 Scip Tate, Newark, NJ
SP4 Thomas A. Turnage, Texarkana, AR
SP4 George Vincent, Los Angeles, CA
SGT Troy B. Williams, Mount Hope, WV

HHC, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry
PFC Harold Goldman, Ocala, FL
SP4 John A. Nathan, San Francisco, CA
PFC Dennis D. Rutowski, Waterford, WI

A Co, 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry
SSG Samuel A. Eidson, North Birmingham, AL 
Family links: 
  Narvle Brown (1918 - 1985)
  Virginia L. Brown (1924 - 1993)
  William Henry Brown (1939 - 2003)*
  Herman Brown (1947 - 1965)
*Calculated relationship
Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery and Mausoleum
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: R Gilbert
Originally Created by: Virginia Gal
Record added: Jan 13, 2007
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Herman Brown
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