Brown, David Carlton, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Aide to a Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
31542-Special Forces Officer
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Aide to a Lieutenant General


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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Monroe, VA
Last Address
Ft Monroe< VA

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Duc (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
West Point Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
45W 060

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Aide-de-Camp Aiguillette

 Unofficial Badges 

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

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), D
 Unit Assignments
173rd Airborne Brigade1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
  1967-1968, 1542, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1968, 1542, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 1542, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

David Carlton Brown was born into an Army family at Fort Monroe, Virginia, on April 29, 1944.  He was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1962 and graduated in the class of 1966, being assigned to the Infantry.  He then attended both Advanced Inantry and Airborne Schools and was assigned as a Platoon Leader and later Company Commander in the 503rd United States Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade.  On September 7, 1968, he was killed-in-action in the Quang Duc Provence of South Vietnam.

During his short military career, Captain Brown earned the Bronze Star with two "V" devices for valor, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, The Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Captain Brown was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.  He was survived by his parents, Colonel Harry C. Brown, United States Army, and Sheila Brown, as well as by his brother, Jeffrey Brown. 

NOTE:  Available records indicate that CPT Brown was serving as Aide-de-camp to the IFFV commander at the time of his death.  If you have information to add to this profile, please leave a message for the profile administrator.

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 45W 060

I served with Dave for several months in Bravo company, 1/503d Infantry of the 173d Airborne Brigade while on operations in the Central Highlands. Dave impressed me almost immediately as a fine troop leader and fellow officer. I enjoyed his infectious laughter and admired him a great deal for the way he treated his men with both respect and professionalism. When I became the company executive officer, it became apparent to me that our company commander also held Dave in very high regard. In early 1969, I found out from one of Dave's West Point classmates that Dave had made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and democracy. Although I still feel very sad that Dave's career ended so abruptly, although most honorably, I still think of him with much fondness, and I continue to pray for his eternal rest. '

Posted by Dennis Hupp on September 6, 2006

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