Frank Monroe Brown, Jr

United States Navy
18 December 1938 - 19 September 1966
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Panel 10E Line 116

Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frank Monroe Brown, Jr

20 Jun 2005

I served with Frank, on my second tour during the early days of Rolling Thunder, with USN Fighter Squadron 151. Our squadron flew the F-4 Phantom.

Frank and his RIO, David Henry, went down in the South China Sea after a bad cat shot, fully loaded with bombs and fuel. They were serving their country, the same as all Vietnam Veterans did.

Our squadron lost other air crews that have not made it to the Virtual Wall, yet. A couple of other guys in my squadron ended up spending the remainder of their war in the Hanoi Hilton. As I was leaving my third tour (September, 1967) we lost another air crew - but I'm not sure who they were.

Do not forget these men, and all the others, who have given their lives to defend our country! Freedom is not Free!

Rich Knoch
VF-151 (1965-67)

05 Nov 2007

Frank is gone and never forgotten.
We loved him and miss him.

From his first cousin,
Malcolm Brunges

Notes from The Virtual Wall

As noted above, F-4B BuNo 152315 went in off the catapult during a night launch from USS CONSTELLATION. As is most commonly the case with losses at sea, the bodies of the two men could not be recovered:
  • LT Frank M. Brown, Tunkhannock, PA, pilot, and
  • LTJG David A. Henry, El Cerrito, CA, Radar Intercept Officer.
Between Dec 1964 and Mar 1973 Fighter Squadron 151 made 7 deployments to Vietnam aboard the carriers USS CONSTELLATION, USS CORAL SEA, and USS MIDWAY. The squadron lost eleven aircraft during operations in the Gulf of Tonkin; one or both crewmen died in six of the incidents, while others resulted in personnel captured. The incidents in which crewmen died were
  • F-4B 152324, USS CONSTELLATION 06/23/1966:
  • F-4B 152315, USS CONSTELLATION 09/19/1966:
    • LT Frank M. Brown, Tunkhannock, PA
    • LTJG David A. Henry, El Cerrito, CA

  • F-4B 150421, USS CORAL SEA 10/24/1967:
  • F-4B 152304, USS CORAL SEA 11/19/1967:
    • LT James E. Teague, Harrisburg, AR
    • LTJG Theodore G. Steir (POW)

  • F-4B 150997, USS CORAL SEA 11/19/1967:
    • LCDR C D Clower (POW)
    • LCDR Walter O. Estes, Williamston, MI

  • F-4B 152325, USS CORAL SEA 04/05/1970:
    • LT Curtis H. Cropper, Paso Robles, CA
    • LT Thomas Terrill (picked up)

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a member of the same squadron (VF-151),
Rich Knoch

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Jun 2005
Last updated 02/12/2008