William Leroy Brown - left South Philadelphia, High Shool and enlisted in the Army, in May, 1967.
The Private First Class, an artillery cannoneer, arrived, in Vietnam, in June, 1968 and was assigned
to Battery A, of the 3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
He died on December 29, 1968, at the age of 19. Survivors included his parents, three brothers
and two sisters. William lived on Emily Street in South Philadelphia. Source: Philadelphia Daily News
On 29 December 1968, 3 individuals were returning in a 1/4 ton (Jeep) to Qui Nhon - SSG Glen E Rountree, PFC Netter, and
PFC William Leroy Brown - on Highway #1, south of FSB Ollie, when they were ambushed by an unknown size enemy force.
PFC Brown was killed and SSG Rountree was seriously wounded with the first volley of fire received from enemy automatic weapons
and small arms positioned on both sides of the road.
PFC Nutter could not get the vehicle restarted and SSG Rountree refused help and sent Nutter for help to a nearby South Vietnamese
outpost while Rountree stayed behind and engaged the enemy. SSG Rountree, although wounded in pelvis and legs, and while trying
to contact A Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery for help, emptied the jeep's M-60 machine gun and his M-16 Rifle on the enemy.
He continued to fight until a rescue force arrived and SSG Rountree was evacuated and PFC Brown was recovered.