Episode 1128 of the Vietnam Veteran News podcast will feature a story about Viet Nam Vet George Brown of Potts Grove, Pennsylvania. His story comes from The Standard-Journal of Milton, PA and is of titled: A change of plans Purple Heart recipient was in line to receive battlefield commission from Gen. Westmoreland. It was written by Chris Brady of The Standard-Journal.
This story first interested the podcaster because Brown served in the 4th Infantry Division during the same time as the writer. Brown served in the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Infantry. It was tough duty because the 4th Division was headquartered at Camp Mark N. Enari which was about ten miles south of the city of Pleiku. The Division’s AO (Area of Operation) was in the inhospitable Central Highlands.
The Division covered an area from Ban Me Thuot in the south all the way up to Dak To in the North. The area was mountainous and ran along the Cambodian and Laotian border. The Ho Chi Minh Trail ran all along the western edge of its AO.
This meant the “Fighting” 4th Division saw a great deal of heavy combat in the mountains of Central South Vietnam. George Brown saw more than his share of combat. On February 14, 1967 he was seriously wounded by a mortar round. That was his painful ticket home with stops at hospitals in country, the Philippines and Japan.
According to Brady’s story, Brown was in line to receive a battlefield commission with a rank of captain from General William C. Westmoreland himself. Unfortunately Brown was wounded and evacuated just before the general arrived to pin on the bars.
It seems to this writer, the general should have made arrangements to have the battlefield commission forwarded to Brown in the hospitable.
Listen to episode 1128 of the podcast and discover more about Vietnam Vet George Brown and what happened to his direct commission.