John Larue Brim

Staff Sergeant
United States Air Force
19 April 1942 - 29 March 1967
Princess Anne, Virginia
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Silver Star

USAF Aircrew

DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal, AF Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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25 Dec 1998

My Dad was a loadmaster on an AC-47 gunship, which was shot down during hostilities.

23 Aug 2004

I would be interested to hear from anyone related to any of his crew members.

From his son,
John Norton

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In early 1967 night attacks on isolated hamlets and outposts were a continuing problem. The AC-47 gunships were very effective in providing cover - they could stay on station a long time and had immense firepower - but their very effectiveness made them a high-priority target for the NVA and Viet Cong forces.

On the night of 28/29 March 1967, a "Puff" gunship (AC-47D tail number 44-76534) of the 4th Air Commando Squadron detachment at Danang was dispatched to help defend an outpost near Hoi An, about 10 miles south of Danang. The aircraft's crew consisted of

  • Capt William H Hosea
  • Capt Herbert C Rice
  • Capt John B Cabana
  • SSgt John L Brim
  • SSgt James L Fields
  • TSgt Guy J Brungard
  • A1C Robert E Ruonavaara
The aircraft arrived over target and established its orbit, but was hit by intense automatic weapons fire and crashed a few miles from Hoi An. All seven crewmen died in the crash.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
John Norton

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Dec 1998
Last updated 04/03/2007