Harry Willis Brown

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
16 August 1943 - 24 June 1975
Charleston, South Carolina
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Combat Medic

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Harry Willis Brown

12 Mar 2002
These men served their country honorably and well, giving the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out a humanitarian mission. Though their memories reside in their homeland in the minds of their loving families and friends, their remains - if any still exist - will lie anonymously on foreign soil, another part of the sad reality of war.
- Robert Destatte -
A memorial from Capt. Jerry Lee Roe's cousin,
Sandy Kilgo
23 Oct 2002

I have your bracelet. I bought it in Washington while on an Air Force ROTC visit and I visited the wall. I scratched your name off and I have it in my room where it can be seen. Buying this bracelet was by far the best thing. I wear it every day and look at it all the time and think, "Who are you and what do you look like, and will I ever meet you?". I wear this bracelet with great honor and dignity and will continue till the day you are found and will continue to think of you until then. Thank you so much for all that you have done. I wear this every day so that you are not forgotten and to me you are now part of my life and family. You and all those men who served and died are heros in my eyes ... you are not forgotten, never will be and if you're still out there we will bring you home.

I wear this bracelet with Great Honor

From an Air Force ROTC Cadet and MIA bracelet wearer,
Brian Whitmore
RR 2 Box 2083, Stroudsburg, PA, 18360

19 Sep 2003


by another who wears his bracelet,
Karen Jewell
10 May 2007

I for one will never forget you. What caught my eye was your medic status. I promise to keep your bracelet close and will pray for your return to us. You and other medics inspire me to be the best for all that we serve. The best medicine in the worst places. God bless you.

Darrell E Frost
Tactical Medic/SWAT,

The Mission

On 12 Feb 1968, a UH-1H (hull number 66-17027) of the 50th Medical Detachment launched on a night medical evacuation mission from Ban Me Thuot, SVN, for the Gia Nghai Special Forces camp. The aircraft's crew consisted of Ban Me Thuot provided radar flight following for the flight, which was uneventful until the helicopter disappeared from radar about 20 minutes after take-off. At that time the aircraft was overhead a mountainous region of Quang Duc Province.

Airborne and ground searches were conducted in the area, but neither the helicopter nor its crew was found. The four men were placed in "Missing in Action" status.

Beginning in late 1973, the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the aircrewmen, including Staff Sergeant Harry Brown (24 June 1975). As of 28 September 2003, none of the four men have been located.

Additional information is available on the
POW Network

Visit John Dennison's
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
Capt. Jerry Lee Roe's cousin,
Sandy Kilgo

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Mar 2002
Last updated 11/03/2007