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LTJG Edward Dean Brown, Jr
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LTJG Edward Dean Brown, Jr

  • Birth 21 Mar 1940 Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 29 Jul 1965 Vietnam
  • Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Plot Courts of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 17970054

US Navy LTJG Edward Dean Brown Jr, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Spartanburg, SC, He became a resident of Charlotte, NC.

US Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Edward Dean Brown Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, LTJG Brown served our country until July 29th, 1965 in Phu Bon, South Vietnam. He was 25 years old and was married. It was reported that Edward died when his plane crashed. His body was not recovered. LTJG Brown is on panel 02E, line 044 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.

Photos are courtesy of his Son, Dean.

I miss him very much. He truly was the best brother in the world. 681 Ridgelake Road, Crestview, Fl 32536, Jim Brown.

The Vought F8 "Crusader" saw action in U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Its fighter models participated both in the first Gulf of Tonkin reprisal in August 1964 and in the myriad attacks against North Vietnam during Operation Rolling Thunder. The Crusader was used exclusively by the Navy and Marine air wings and represented half or more of the carrier fighters in the Gulf of Tonkin during the first four years of the war. The aircraft was credited with nearly 53% of MiG kills in Vietnam. Between 1964 to 1972, eighty-three Crusaders were either lost or destroyed by enemy fire. Another 109 required major rebuilding. 145 Crusader pilots were recovered; 57 were not. Twenty of these pilots were captured and released. The other 43 remained missing at the end of the war. The breakdown of those not recovered is as follows: Lt. Edward D. Brown was a pilot assigned to Fighter Squadron 191 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). On July 29, 1965 he launched in his F8E Crusader aircraft on a strike mission over South Vietnam. The mission would take him into the Delta region of South Vietnam, in Vinh Binh Province near the city of Phu Vinh. On a strafing pass, Brown's aircraft was seen to impact the ground. No evidence of ejection attempt was observed, and it was felt that if Brown went down with his plane, no remains were recoverable. He was flying F-8E aircraft, BUNO 150337, off of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31) at the time of his death. Hostile fire was observed in the vicinity. Brown was classified Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Edward Brown is listed with honor among the missing because his remains were never returned to the country he fought for.

Two Masses wil be offered Saturday for a Charlotte Pilot who died last week when his plane was shot down in Vietnam. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11am at St Gabriel's Catholic Church here, where the victim, Navy LTJG Edward Dean Brown Jr, grew up and was married. The other Mass, a requiem, will be held at St James Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, the present residence of his parents.

He served with Task Force-77, USS Bon Homme Richard, Squadron VF-191, CVW-19, 7th Fleet.

He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 17 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17970054
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG Edward Dean Brown, Jr (21 Mar 1940–29 Jul 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17970054, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .