Henry Paul BraunerLieutenant Colonel
16TH SOS, 8TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
26 January 1936 - 25 July 1978
Franklin Park, New Jersey
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The database page for Henry Paul Brauner
Dear Major Brauner,
My name is Cadet Major Brian Jensen and I am a member of Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force Auxiliary. I never got the opportunity to know you for I was not even a thought when you were serving this great nation. However, 3 years ago I got my first POW/MIA bracelet and then I started getting more and more involved. Eventually, I was paired up with you through Operation Just Cause and I have had your picture up on my website for the last three years. Since I never knew you, I wanted to ensure that I say thank you properly for all that you have done for this great country. I want you to know that wherever you are, we will bring you home! Urah Sir!
Dear Cyndi, What a blessing it was to find this site. I've had Henry P. Brauner's POW/MIA bracelet since around 1973. At first, I often felt that he would return home to his family, and as recently as 2 years ago, I found out this was not the case. When I went to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, I was incredibly sad to see his name on the Wall, as well as the thousands of others who paid the untimate price for freedom. The quote "Freedom is not free" is no more relevant than on this Wall.
So, after having a life-changing experience with another Vietnam Veteran at the Wall (whom I did not know) I decided then and there, I wanted to find "my soldier's" family. After calling every Brauner in New Jersey, to no avail, and after my local paper did an article on my bracelet, my search brought me here. Strangers in New Jersey and in my hometown has been so kind to help me with my quest.
Cyndi, I read your letter about your Dad. I can't imagine how it would be growing up without him. He and your entire family were casualties of war. And for this, I am truly sorry. I would be so very honored if you would contact me. I have contacted this website and gave them my information, but I thought that this is another way that I might reach you. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I await your response and will continue to hold you and your Dad close to my thoughts.
Notes from The Virtual Wall
On the night of March 29, 1972, an AC-130A Hercules "Spectre" gunship (tail number 55-0044) of the 16th Special Operations Squadron departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand, on a night reconnaissance mission over supply routes used by North Vietnamese forces in Laos. The AC-130 was accompanied by a section of F-4 Phantoms.
At approximately 0300, while attacking a convoy approximately 56 miles east of Savannakhet in southern Laos, the AC-130 was hit by a Surface to Air Missile (SAM). A few seconds later the AC-130A impacted the ground on the east side of a jungle covered mountain and was consumed by secondary explosions. As one of the F-4D escorts flew low over the burning wreckage, he was unable see any sign of survivors. However, several minutes later emergency beeper signals were heard by the F-4D escorts and another AC-130A gunship operating nearby ("Spectre 10") and his escorts. No voice contact was established with any of the downed aircrew.
At 0350 hours, a "Nail" Forward Air Controller (FAC) arrived on station to cover the crash site area and control the search and rescue (SAR) efforts that were immediately initiated. He did not hear emergency beepers, nor was he able to locate any signs of survivors. SAR efforts were terminated at 1830 hours on 30 March 1972 when no trace of the downed crew was found. All 14 crewmen were listed Missing in Action:
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Cyndi Lyn Waldmann
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7 Aug 2003
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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