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CPL. ROBERT RAY BROWN
US ARMY

Robert Ray Brown was born January 5, 1947, in Plano and grew up in Frisco and Plano. He joined the Army in 1966, and after basic training, spent a  7-month tour of duty in Germany. When that tour was up, he volunteered for Vietnam and held the rank of PFC when he arrived in-country on September 6, 1967. He was assigned to B Company, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, of the 9th Infantry Division, 2nd River Raider Brigade, known as the Mobile Riverines. PFC Brown was trained in the MOS of 11C, Indirect Fire Infantryman, also known as a mortar-man. The 2nd River Raider Brigade's tactical area of operation was in the Mekong River Delta in an area called the Rung Sat Special Zone, a place of swamps, jungle, mosquitoes, and deadly snakes. It was also a place that was mostly controlled by the Viet Cong.
    On October 1, 1967,Cpl.  Robert Brown, at the age of 20 years old, was killed when hit by Viet Cong rifle fire in Kien Hoa Province. The name of Robert Brown can be found on the "Wall" in Washington DC at
Panel 27E, Row 36.

Medals Awarded:
BRONZE STAR
PURPLE HEART
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S BADGE
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON
MILITARY MERIT MEDAL
GALLANTRY CROSS with PALM 

 

 


 

PRESENTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF
SOUTH VIETNAM
NGUYEN VAN THIEU

This formalizes the posthumous award of the
Military Merit Medal and the Gallantry Cross
with Palm to Cpl. Robert Ray Brown, a
serviceman of courage and rare self-sacrifice
who displayed at all times the most tactful
cooperation while aiding the Armed Forces of
the Republic of South Vietnam to repel the
Red wave undermining South Vietnam and
Southeast Asia. With a ready zeal and commendable response he fought on to the end in every mission and
set a brilliant example for his fellow soldiers. He died
in the performance of duty. Behind him he leaves
the abiding grief of his former comrades-in-arms,
Vietnamese as well as American."

 

 

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