Earl Fredrick Brown

Rank: SSG

Unit: 5th Special Forces

Branch of Service: Army

Service in Vietnam: 1963-1966

Casualty Date: 29 Jan 1966

Location of Casualty: Quang Ngai Province, Tra Bong

Location on Wall: 4E 106

On 28 Jan 1966 Detachment A-107, 5th SF Group, at Tra Bong was asked by the Vietnamese District Chief to send a team to investigate an attack on the outpost at Long Phu. Captain Fewell, the Det A-107 commander, his Vietnamese counterpart, and the District Chief jointly led a reaction force from the 144th CIDG Company to do the investigating – but the last word heard from the reaction force was a radio call saying “We’re going in to attack, request all the support you can give us”. All further efforts to contact the reaction force went unanswered. That evening, the Danang headquarters sent a reaction force to Tra Bong, and on the 29th the reaction force located and recovered the bodies of 29 men from the original group. Eight others, including Captain Fewell, were not immediately recovered, although Fewell’s remains were later found. Four Americans died in the action:

CPT John P. Fewell, Kokomo, IN
SFC Elmer J. Reifschneider, St Louis, MO
SSG Earl F. Brown, Weston, WV
SSG Donald J. Jacobsen, Montevideo, MN