Brown, Malcolm L.

WO1 Malcolm L. Brown was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions done on June 30, 1970, in Vinh Long, Vietnam, while serving as a member of a Night Hunter Team, with 114 Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade. The award was given for heroism while participating in aerial flight as evidence by voluntary actions above the call of duty. He distinguished himself by exceptional valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander aboard a helicopter supporting friendly ground forces engaged in the defense of their beleaguered compound. Informed that there were no gunships available to render aid to the beleaguered outpost, he immediately flew to embattled area and maneuvered the helicopter under withering fire from hostile forces while the crewmembers place accurate suppressive fire on the enemy mortar positions. When the compound was being assaulted from three different directions the team boldly reacted by flying the aircraft at tree top level to make repeated strikes against the hostile forces. Disregarding rocket and heavy machine gun fire from enemy positions on a mountain crest, the team courageously continued to attack the enemy positions. Through the repeated low passes on the enemy positions, the team was able to repulse the enemy attack and saved the ground troops from almost certain destruction from a numerically superior enemy. WO1 Malcolm L. Brown was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1948 and raised with a family of 2 brothers and 1 sister. He graduated from Nova High School, Davie, Florida and initially attended Broward Community College. After these two years of college he joined the US Army where he became helicopter pilot. During his service he obtained Bachelors Degree from Embry Riddle University. Malcolm Brown retired as CW4 in 1989 and work most of the time supporting the US Army at Redstone Arsenal.