Lance Brown Army Recon Member of the 25th Infantry C.R.I.P. (Combined Reconnaissance Intelligence Platoon).
Lance joined the unit approximately April or May of 1969, right as VC (Vietcong) activity and our missions became more dangerous again.
We seemed to deal the VC crippling blows with ammo cache finds, capturing local leaders of the VC or eliminating the leadership. Capture was more preferable but not always practical.
Lance made friends quickly with the, by the Veterans of the unit. He may have come at the same time “Jewels” Blankenship arrived. They were great friends. Lance also became close friends with Mike “Ringo” Ringenberg and Jerry Lemke.
Lance Brown was a member of the platoon you could count on if things (—-)
hit the fan. You knew he would have your back and you his. The platoon was given missions that were seeming meaningless at times. Little did we know these probing missions and sweeps were being used to flush out the VC rather knowing the exact target.
Sometimes we would run into a small band of VC locals and other times not see anything out of the ordinary. Those times when nothing was out of the ordinary would give everyone an uneasy feeling. It usually meant the VC was being resupplied and staging for another round of direct contact.
Lance Brown Army Recon Member, so much more, he impacted our daily life when at our compound by being happy and involved. If something needed to be done Lance was always willing to help. He is the type of Recon Member you need in a war zone.
I ended my tour before Lance, we met again stateside again at Ft. Benning Georgia. He gave me the bad new about one of are other members was (KIA) in Tay Ninh, Sgt. Jewel C. Blankenship. That was a sad day in my life, knowing such a good guy didn’t make it home. Many great people did not make it home from Vietnam.
I was happy to know Lance finished his tour without injury, as we know so many did not. Lance became part of the glue that helped the cohesiveness of the unit. Of course that deliberate Texas speech pattern made him standout too.
Welcome Home Lance and thanks for always having our backs!
Lance should have been told that over 40 years ago, better late than never.