Name: Kenneth Earl Brown
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E4 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Chalmette, LA
Birth Date: September 19, 1947
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: April 11, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty artillary rocket or mortar hostile;
Died in Dinh Tuong at age 21
The body was recovered.
|Comment||[Lt. Harry Whitmore]|
I would like to add the following comments about Sgt Kenneth Brown, he was a brave young man, often risking his own life to treat the wounded when we were all trying to keep from getting shot ourselves, the night he was killed is engrained in my memory for life, we had been ambushed outside the Fire Base at Vin Kim and had taken 2 KIA's and were ordered to come back into the firebase because there was only 4 of us left, Doc asked me if he could sleep in my bunk and I said of course (since I wasn't going to sleep myself) and he was killed that night by an enemy mortar.
I look forward to seeing him in heaven, I know he will be there waiting on all of us. He was a friend as well as an outstanding soldier--one I was proud to serve with.
I was the medic who took Ken Brown's place - I was wounded a few nights later. I constantly heard the high regard in which he was held by all his comrades. My thanks and respect to all the men with whom I briefly served.
I was with Doc Brown, Ken, on many operations. He was a dedicated professional. He always put the care for others above his own safety. I stayed back to help with the wounded on a few occaisions. He would tell me what to do. We always joked with each other. I always complained about our crappy medic. He laughed and we all knew I was kidding. The night he was killed I was in the same room that was hit by the mortar in the base camp (Vin Kim). I said something like "Nice work, John Wayne". He said those two words we all often said and we both laughed. About a year ago, or two, I spoke to his wife. She has remarried and his daughter is middle aged. I think about him often. He was a good man.