Brown, Harold Milton (P2, C1, L13)
Staff Sergeant Harold Milton Brown, 26, Mt. Washington, Bullitt County, Kentucky, was killed on 11 June 1969 by rocket fire while in a bunker in Chu Lai, Vietnam while serving on federal active duty. Brown was serving with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 82nd Artillery, Americal Division at the time of his death.
Brown enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard’s, Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in April 1964 and at the time of his enlistment he reported his occupation as laborer at International Harvester in Louisville. He attended field artillery training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from August 1964 to January 1965 and entered federal active duty with his unit in May 1968 as a Sergeant.
Brown was one of seventy-seven members of the battalion that were ”infused” in March of 1969 with the Americal Division at Chu Lai. The Army’s Infusion program was established to avoid a heavy reduction in personnel in one unit when the time came for the men to go home. Infusion provided for a slow, steady turnover of personnel. Additionally, in the case of the National Guard, the program helped avoid a heavy loss in one unit from one community in the event the unit was overrun.
Staff Sergeant Brown’s name appears on Panel 22W, Line 17, on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D. C. He is buried in the Kings Church Cemetery in Mount Washington.