Brockwell, Leyburn Watts, Jr., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1951 - 1967

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Spartanburg, SC
Last Address
Spartanburg, SC

Casualty Date
May 01, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Gardens - Spartanburg, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19E, 3

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1951, Prior service - basic training waived (USN/USNR), A
  1955, (Select in Colleges) (ROTC), B
 Unit Assignments
US Navy335th Assault Helicopter Company145th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
  1951-1955, US Navy
  1966-1967, 1981, 335th Assault Helicopter Company
  1966-1967, 1981, 145th Aviation Battalion
  1966-1967, 1981, 12th Combat Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1967, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Wofford College
  1955-1959, Wofford College
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Name: LTC Leyburn W. Brockwell, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/01/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 39.4
Date of Birth: 11/27/1927
Home City: Spartanburg, SC
Service: IN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 335 AHC
Major organization: 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19E-003
Short Summary: Mid-air collision between #1 & #2 A/C in formation flight enroute to pick up troops in LZ w/ Charles C. Jones, LT Legg & Andrews.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01159
Service number: O79202
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1983
Primary cause: Mid-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 10/22/1966
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 16
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/1994

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01159
Date: 05/01/1967
Incident number: 670501172ACD Accident case number: 670501172 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 335 AHC
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P LTC BROCKWELL LEYBURN W JR KIA
P MAJ JONES CHARLES CLIFTON KIA
CE SP4 ORTIZ PEDRO KIA
G SSG ACORD EWELL EDGEL KIA

Accident Summary: Aircraft had a mid-air with UH-1D 64-13738.

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
 

   
Comments/Citation
LTC Leyburn Watts Brockwell Jr, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Lieutenant Colonel Leyburn W Brockwell Jr, was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, LTC Brockwell served our country until May 1st, 1967 in South Vietnam. He was 39 years old and was married. Leyburn died when his helicopter was involved in a mid-air collision with another helicopter. His body was recovered. Leyburn was born on November 27th, 1927 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. LTC Brockwell is on panel 19E, line 003 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years. 

On 01 May 1967 the 335th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with providing airlift for a combat assault being conducted by the 9th Infantry Division operating out of Bear Cat base. Nine aircraft departed Bien Hoa, climbed to 1500 feet, and proceeded toward Bear Cat in a left staggered trail formation. While enroute the pilot of the #3 aircraft noted that #2 was in very close formation with the lead aircraft and did not appear to be adjusting his position appropriately when lead maneuvered. When lead began a gentle right turn his blade tips struck those of the #2 aircraft. Both aircraft broke up in flight. Eight men died as a result of the mid-air collsion: LTC Leyburn W. Brockwell, Spartanburg, SC, copilot, was one of those killed. 

I was the last one to post but had to honor you on what would have been your 80th birthday. I just cannot believe as your young handsome face of age 38 when your left for Nam is frozen in mind on that very day. As an avid admirer of Billy Graham, he says you are in a much better place but being taken from us at such a young age makes it a difficult pill to swallow. You are a true hero and a true American. You did love your country. Rest in peace until we see you again. Your Loving Niece, Suzanne Amerson.

We miss you every day but know you died doing what you loved best. Mama still speaks of the things you got into as children. Rest in peace until we meet again. I am not here to say good-bye, just see you soon. Love, your niece Suzanne Whitton.

We miss you every day but know you died doing what you loved best. Mama still speaks of the things you got into as children. Amazing you made it to Lt. Colonel at age 36 because she is always saying,"Pete was always breaking a bone falling out of a tree or jumping a creek". Rest in peace until we meet again, and know you are sorely missed. Love, your niece Suzanne Whitton.

I remember you with great fondness in Dallas 1958. It's fitting you reached the rank of LtCol. Patricia Derham, Phinney.

Time has stood still. Pete, Today is Thanksgiving and your 81st birthday. You have been gone from this earth more years than you were on it yet we remember you like it was yesterday the last time we saw you before you left for you tour of duty. A country and God called you home as he must have needed you more than we. But the grief, sorrow, and pain are still fresh in our minds and hearts and we still miss you as much as the day you left to go to Nam. Peace and may God watch over you until we are all together again. We thank you for giving your life for the freedoms we have and to any one who reads this and fought in Nam or lost a loved one, May God bless you and thank all for their service and sacrifice that we might live on. Suzanna Whitton, 733 Gatewood Drive, Rock Hill, SC, 29730.

Loving Niece, Happy 80th and yet time has stood still and you are still 38. I hate to beat a dead horse Pete as I was the last to post, but I just had to come and pay tribute on what would have been your 80th birthday. Many many years, have passed, yet your handsome face standing so straight, tall, and proud and in your Army uniform, is frozen in my mind, at age 38. That fateful day, you left your Dad,(my granddad) in Charlotte, I had an eerie feeling I would never look into those dark brown eyes again. I was right. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and were called home. I'm an avid admirer of Billy Graham and he says you are in a much better place than we, left on earth. But the fact you were taken from us, so young and at such an early age, is still a very bitter pill to swallow. Happy birthday. Love you, and until we meet again, rest in peace. We all love you and are so proud! Love forever, Your niece, Suzanne Whitton, 615, Ascot Ridge Drive, Rock Hill, SC, 29730.

Niece: We love and miss you and think, of you often Pete, Mama,(your sister, "Tootie") still talks of the crazy things, you two did, when you were little. It is a wonder, you made it to LtCol, as she said, "That Pete, was always breaking bones, falling out of trees or jumping a creek." Pris, your only child and my only first cousin, has had trouble, ever since you died, when she was 10. She took her own life this past July, at age 51 and she rests in peace, along with you. Until we meet again, I'am not here to weep, or say good-bye. I will just say, "Love you and see you later." We have found some comfort in knowing, you died doing, what you so loved!! I lied - I'am weeping. Suzanne Whitton, 615, Ascot Ridge Drive, Rock Hill, SC, 29730.

Honors received during military career: Leyburn's nickname was "Pete." He received many honors, including Army Aviator, of the year. He served in the Green Berets and joined the Navy out of high school. He then attended Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he was in ROTC. This is where he became so interested in the Army and joined as a career serviceman upon graduation. Suzie Whitton, 733 Gatewood, Rockhill, SC. 29730.

I am Pete's Grandson Logan Creech. I never had the opportunity to meet you but based on this page you were a great person. It is sad that your only daughter and my only mother has joined you. But her life and yours were never lived in vain. May your soul and Pris's rest in peace now and forever more. Love Logan

He served with the 335th AHC, 145th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded Army Aviator's Wings, The Army Green Beret, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
   
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