In Memory Of

Ralph Wayne Brown

PFC - E3 - U.S. Army
Age 23, Married
Delta Company
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile
Born: July 17, 1942
From Benton, Pennsylvania
Tour began August 16, 1965
Died: Wednesday, November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

Ralph was born July 17, 1942 in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ralph had two brothers, Frank Junior and Edward. As a youth he attended school in Bloomsburg. The family lived on a farm and operated a dairy store there for a number of years. Ralph dropped out of high school before he finished the 9th grade in April of 1959. He loved horses and got jobs as a racehorse caretaker and as a blacksmith. Drafted on February 26, 1964, Ralph did his Basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was sent to Ft Lewis, Washington for his AIT training as a mortarman. In January 1965 he was sent to Ft Benning for a three week jump school after which he became a member of the 2nd Infantry Division. On July 17, 1965, he was assigned to Delta Company. Shortly before Ralph entered the Army, he married Vicki Mae Boudman with which they had a daughter Kelley and a son John. Ralph was buried Sunday, December 5, 1965 with full military honors, with an estimated 200 persons attending.