Brauner, Henry Paul, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1972-1978, 1545C, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1957 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Franklin Park, NJ
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 121

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2008, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Navigator Observer (Senior)

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
3640th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)Air Force Bases/ Installations67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron16th Special Operations Squadron
8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackUS Air Force
  1957-1959, 1041L, 3640th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1959-1962, 1535Z, Dover Air Force Base
  1962-1967, 1535Z, 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1971-1972, 16th Special Operations Squadron
  1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1972-1978, 1545C, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers University
  1953-1957, Rutgers University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-124 Globemaster II  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  
  1959-1962, C-124 Globemaster II
  1962-1967, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1971-1972, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 29 March 1972, Major Irving B. Ramsower II, aircraft commander; Capt. Curtis D. Miller, pilot; 1st Lt. Charles J. Wanzel III, pilot; Major Henry P. Brauner, navigator; Capt. Richard Castillo, infrared sensor operator; Major Howard D. Stephenson, electronic warfare officer; then Capt. Barclay B. Young, fire control officer; Capt. Richard C. Halpin, low light TV senior operator;  SSgt. James K. Caniford, illuminator operator; SSgt. Merlyn Paulson, flight engineer; SSgt. Edward D. Smith, Jr., aerial gunner; SSgt. Edwin Pearce, aerial gunner; AFC William A. Todd, aerial gunner and AFC Robert E. Simmons, aerial gunner; comprised the crew of an AC130A gunship named "Prometheus," tail number 55-0044, and call sign "Spectre 13." They departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an armed reconnaissance mission with an F4D fighter escort over Laos to interdict North Vietnamese supplies moving south into the acknowledged war zone, then return to Ubon.

0300 hours, the F4D's aircrew saw a surface to air missile (SAM) lift off the ground. Before the gunship could take evasive action, the SAM hit Specter 13. A few seconds later the AC130A impacted the ground on the east side of a jungle covered mountain followed by secondary explosions.

As one of the F4D escort aircraft flew low over the burning wreckage, he was unable see any sign of survivors. However, several minutes later as he was departing the area he clearly heard multiple emergency beepers. Another AC130A gunship operating nearby, call sign "Spectre 10," and his F4 escort also heard the beeper signals. In the darkness, no parachutes were seen and no voice contact could be established with any of the downed aircrew. The wreckage of Prometheus was located in the jungle-covered mountains approximately 12 miles south of Ban Namm, 21 miles west of Tchepone, 56 miles east of the city of Savannakhet and 32 miles west of the Lao/Vietnamese border, Savannakhet Province, Laos; and 45 miles due west of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam.

It was believed any surviving crewmen would have undoubtedly been captured by then. All 14 crewmen were listed Missing in Action.


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