BROWN, WAYNE GORDON II
Name: Wayne Gordon Brown II Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 29 April 1943 Home City of Record: Tacoma WA Date of Loss: 17 July 1972 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162200N 1071100E (YD351055) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D REFNO: 1901
Other Personnel In Incident: Pilot was Gordie Tushek, rescued
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. Data corrected 01/22/2000 with information from LtCol Wayne Gordon Brown, USAFR RET (NY, USAF grad 1965).
When Wayne finished flight training, he was trained on the F4 Phantom fighter/bomber and shipped to Vietnam as an Air Force Captain. There, on July 17, 1972, about 30 miles west southwest of the city of Hue, he disappeared. He was flying as backseater on an F4D aircraft. As backseater, Brown would have ejected first; the pilot would eject, according to procedure a little later. Thus, the two crewmen could be separated by some distance on the ground.
About 30 miles southwest of Hue was a Viet Cong camp which served as a processing station and temporary detention center for American prisoners on their way north to Hanoi. Although it is uncertain whether or not Brown was captured, this facility may have been his first prison if he was. Certainly, the U.S. believes that the Vietnamese could tell us what happened to Wayne Brown.
The incident is mentioned in Nigel Cawthorne's BAMBOO CAGE on Page 40:
... In late 1972, a Sown of Division 673/377 was killed by an American airstrike. The next pilot downed in that area was executed by a single bullet in the head. One of the following was executed: Leonard Robertson, William Price, Bobby Jones, Dwight Rickman, John Peacock, Ralph Chipman, Ronald Forrester, Jack Harvey, Francis Townsend, Lee Tigner, Peter Cleary, Charles Darr, Wayne Brown. (7) The rest were probably killed in an airstrike or worked to death as slave labour. Leonard Robertson's co-pilot Alan Kroboth was told by the Viet Cong that Robertson was dead. Kroboth himself was returned in 1973....
In 1995, a "list" was made available provided by the Secretary of Defense. Brown was noted as a "Photo" discrepency case. A portion of the file is duplicated below.....
===================== THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Washington, The District of Columbia
11 FEB 1995
Honorable Strom Thurmond Chairman, Committee on Armed Services United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I am submitting this report in response to the requirements of the Fiscal Year 1995 National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 103-337, Section 1034. In accordance with the legislation, the Department of Defense is required to submit to Congress "a complete listing by name of all such personnel about whom it is possible that officials of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam can produce additional information or remains that could lead to the maximum possible accounting for these personnel, as determined on the basis of all information available to the United States Government." The legislation levies the same requirement with regard to the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The initial 45 day reporting requirement on this action was extended to February 17, 1995.
UNACCOUNTED FOR CASES ON LISTS PRESENTED BY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ENVOYS TO OFFICIALS OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM: A complied Listing of Associated Names
ADAMS, John, SGT, USA BISZ, Ralph, LTJG, USN BROWN, Wayne, CAPT, USAF DOVE, Jack, CAPT, USAF FRYAR, Bruce, LT, USN JEFFERSON, James, 1LT, USAF MAYER, Roderick, LT, USN MCCARTY, James, 1LT, USAF MCELVAIN, James, MAJ, USAF MELLOR, Fredric, CAPT, USAF METOYER, Bryford, 1LT, USA MOORE, Herbert, Jr, CAPT, USAF O'GRADY, John, MAJ, USAF OTT, William, CAPT, USAF OWENS, Fred, SFC, USA PEARCE, Dale, CWO1, USA PEDERSON, Joe, SFC, USA POGREBA, Dean, LTCOL, USAF RAMSAY, Charles, CAPT, USMC REHE, Richard, PFC, USA SHAY, Donald, CAPT, USAF SQUIRE, Boyd, MAJ, USAF STRALEY, John, PFC, USA SYKES, Derri, PFC, USA THACKERSON, Walter, PFC, USA
Records from the WALL indicate Brown was was a "hostile" casualty, he "died while missing" in Thua Thien province. Brown was 35 and married at the time of loss. He was promoted to Major at PFOD hearings.