Media Theater Veterans Alliance honors Vietnam veteran George Brown – Delco Times

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MEDIA – Kicking off its twentieth season of tribute to local veterans ahead of performances at the Media Theater throughout the year, the Media Theater Veterans Alliance honored the United States Army’s combat veteran of the Vietnam War, the Sgt. George E. Brown of Havertown on Saturday night. Veterans Ed Buffman, Arthur Burn and Bob McMahon presented Brown with a special plaque in front of an audience including many veterans ready to see the performance of “Mamma Mia”. Brown is the 79th Media Theater Veterans Alliance Combat Veteran to receive this honorable honor.

Brown is a lifelong resident of Havertown. He graduated from Temple University. He says that when he received his draft notice in October 1965, he enlisted in the military because he wanted to get into its engineering program.

Brown received his basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. And his advanced infantry training, as well as his pioneering engineering training, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. From there, Brown attended jumping school in Fort Benning, Georgia. During this time, he married his wife Ellen. Twelve days later he was in Vietnam.

In 1966, Brown was assigned to the 101st Airborne II Corps and dispatched to Phan Rang, the country headquarters of the 1st Brigade of the 101st. He was assigned to a unit in the central highlands, in Kontun province. After a month, Brown was placed in a Calvary spotting unit, using jeeps with machine guns instead of horses. Their mission was to come out in platoon-sized units in search of the enemy and they were often under fire.

On a particular mission, Brown’s platoon was assigned to a runway near Laos, where they encountered Chinese special forces and came under heavy fire. The leading soldier in his unit was killed. The US unit of advisers and the Vietnamese in the area killed attached Chinese forces, but the ambush killed two soldiers in their jeeps.

Brown’s brigade had the dangerous task of escorting and defending artillery units as they set up their bases for major engagements. They controlled the perimeter of the bases and carried out night patrols. The brigade traveled through the central highlands, from mountains to flat lands. One of their tasks was the escort of convoys for their brigade.

During the rice harvest in Vietnam, one of the tasks of the 101st Brigade was to guard the rice fields in the lowlands so that the enemy could not use the rice for their supply. In mid-1967, Brown was appointed E-5 Sergeant. After being in Vietnam for a full year, the new sergeant was sent home for 30 days leave. He’s signed up for another six-month tour.

Brown returned to Vietnam and his brigade, continuing his dangerous mission of escorting artillery units that anticipated major engagements. They were constantly moving to different “hot spots”, making reconnaissance.

In late October 1967, Brown received the Bronze Star Medal for merits in land operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam, rewarding him for his service there from December 17, 1966 to October 24, 1967.

While on a mission in November 1967, Brown’s jeep crashed into a landmine. Brown, the driver and the gunner were all injured.

At the end of January, Brown finally left Vietnam after completing two tours of duty. Once in the United States, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. In the spring of 1968, Brown was sent to Washington, DC, for riot control. In June of the same year, he was posted to West Point to be a basic training instructor for the incoming plebiscite class.

On October 25, 1968, Brown was discharged from the military and returned to Delaware County to work in the family business. In addition to a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Brown received a Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, National Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal , an Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Brown joined Delco Vietnam Veterans Chapter # 67 in 1986 and served as Chapter President, Vice President and Commander of the Honor Guard. He was involved for many years in the Philadelphia Stand Down Project, an awareness program for homeless veterans. Brown was responsible for event security and planning the event layout and infrastructure.

According to a press release announcing why the alliance chose Brown as the winner, he was instrumental in the chapter’s growth and success, as well. has always been generous with his time, often helping disabled veterans repair and modify their homes to make their lives easier.

In a statement read on stage on Saturday, before presenting the award, veteran Arthur Burn said: “George is very proud of his military service. As a combat infantryman, paratrooper, and recipient of Purple Heart, he embodies the true veteran spirit of patriotism and service to others.

Humble Brown, while grateful for the honor of the Media Theater Veteran Alliance, said there were many other soldiers who deserved it. Brown, who has paraded with Delco Vietnam Veterans Chapter # 67 in numerous parades, cited fellow Vietnam veteran Ray Stankus, who is also a former Media Theater Veterans Alliance laureate.

“While walking in a parade or on a night like this, Ray (Stankus) always said that we walked or accepted the honor on behalf of all of our brethren who couldn’t walk,” said the honored person. , stifled by emotion. “I can’t thank everyone enough for this. “

After an almost two-year hiatus, due to the pandemic, the Media Theater Veterans Alliance is back with full Veterans Night programming honoring local veterans throughout the year. All veterans and their families can attend the private reception and production at a special reduced price, to show their support and honor their comrades.

Based on ABBA’s hit songs, “Mamma Mia!” is performing on stage at the Media Theater, between now and Sunday, January 16. “Mamma Mia! is the story of a young woman in search of her biological father. This sunny and funny tale takes place on a paradise Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a girl’s quest to uncover her father’s identity brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The talented cast includes Krissy Fraelich, Jenny Lee Stern, Pam Jorgensen, John Smitherman, Bob Stineman, Blair Johnson, Anne Bragg, Grant Struble, Sierra Wilson, Mary Howe, Ethan Walker, Ronnie Keller, Abigail Graham, Christina Fuscellaro, Grace Szczepkowski, Kimberly Maxson, Marissa Wolner, Bri’yon Brinson, Marc Pavan and Ryan Lauer.

For more information on the upcoming Veterans Night or for tickets to Mamma Mia, call 610-891-0100 or visit http://mediatheatre.org. The Media Theater is located at 104 East State St., Media.


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