Brown, Wilbur Ronald, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 311th Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1958 - 1966

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmington, NC
Last Address
DaNang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 134 / Sec: 60, Site: 8933

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier311th Air Commando Squadron
  1966-1966, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1966-1966, 311th Air Commando Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Campaign (1966)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1966-1966, C-123 Provider
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 02, 2019, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 3 February 1966, Major James L. Carter, pilot, then Captain Wilbur R. Brown, co-pilot, Sgt. Edward M. Parsley, loadmaster, and Sgt. Therman M. Waller, flight mechanic, comprised. the crew of a C123C Provider (tail #55-4537) which was on a multi-legged combat airlift support mission over Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. There was an unconfirmed report that four foreign nationals may also have been aboard this aircraft.

The Provider departed DaNang at 1320 hours and arrived at Khe Sanh Special Forces Camp at approximately 1410 hours. It then departed Khe Sanh and flew to Dong Hai, then returned to Khe Sanh. The aircraft again departed Khe Sanh at 1655 hours and headed southeast of the base on a supply shuttle mission. During this portion of their flight, contact was lost with the aircraft and crew. An immediate communications search was conducted with negative results.

In April 1969, a Communist rallier identified a number of photographs of missing Americans as men he believed to have been captured. Wilbur Brown's photo was among those the rallier selected. After the war, CIA analysts questioned the rallier's identification of Major Brown's photo because no returned POWs reported having seen any of the Provider's crew in any of the POW camps.


Remains returned May 19, 2003; Identified Jan 23, 2009. Buried in Arlington(Sec: 60, Site: 8933)

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