Wilbur Ronald Brown
Major
311TH AIR COMMANDO SQDN, 315TH AIR COMMANDO GROUP, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
Wilmington, North Carolina
July 22, 1936 to May 30, 1974
(Incident Date February 03, 1966)
WILBUR R BROWN is on the Wall at Panel 4E, Line 134

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12 Apr 2003

A Prayer For Those Lost In Battle

O God and Father of us all, we gather in sincere gratitude for all those who, at their country's call, have met the rude shock of battle and have surrendered their lives amid the ruthless brutalities of war. Forbid that their suffering and death should be in vain. We beseech you that, through their devotion to duty and suffering, the horrors of war may pass from earth and that your kingdom of right and honor, of peace and brotherhood, may be established among men. Comfort, O Lord, all who mourn the loss of those near and dear to them, especially the families of our departed brothers. Support them by your love. Give them faith to look beyond the trials of the present and to know that neither life nor death can separate us from the love and care of Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Amen.

In Honor of Wilbur Ronald Brown and all of his comrades that never made it home. You are not forgotten.

Richard Riley
rpr618@earthlink.net


 
11 Nov 2004

Wilbur, I am proud to have been wearing your name on my right wrist for the past 16 years, keeping your name alive and not forgotten. It has extra meaning to me - along with keeping your memory strong and alive, it keeps the memory of a fallen comrade and a close friend alive. I myself am a veteran of the U S Army serving in conflicts in Panama, Southwest Asia and East Africa. I am proud to have served with airmen and soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget you, and I will see that my son and further generations never forget you. I love you and all of my fallen brothers.

M. Christeson
Sergeant, U S Army
Asburn, Va 20147
mattchristeson@aol.com


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 03 Feb 1966 the 311th ACS at Danang was tasked with a round-robin supply flight to Khe Sanh and other outposts along the SVN/Laotian border. The aircraft, a C-123B Provider (tail number 55-4437), departed Danang at 1:20 PM, arriving at the Khe Sanh Special Forces Camp at about 2:10 PM. It then departed Khe Sanh for Dong Hai, returned to Khe Sanh, and departed again at about 5 PM. Radio contact was lost and when contact could not be reestablished search and rescue efforts began. The wreckage was not located and the four-man crew was placed in Missing in Action status.

None of the aircrewmen were among the repatriated POWs, nor did any of the POWs have knowledge of them. Eventually the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the four men, changing their status from Missing to Died while Missing:

  • Major James L. Carter, pilot (07/26/74);
  • Captain Wilbur R. Brown, co-pilot (05/30/74);
  • Sgt Edward M. Parsley, loadmaster (01/09/78); and
  • Sgt Therman M. Waller, flight mechanic (01/09/78).

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