Brown, Francis, QM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1967, QM-0000, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
Service Years
1963 - 1967

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Albany, NY
Last Address
Albany, NY

Date of Passing
Jun 08, 1967
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Troy, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section E

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
USS Liberty AttackIn the Line of DutyUnited States Navy Memorial
  2015, USS Liberty Attack [Verified]
  2015, In the Line of Duty [Verified]
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
  1967-1967, QM-0000, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 USS Liberty Incident (Israel)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 28, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly  attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. 

The Israeli forces attacked without warning. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded.   The ship, a $40-million dollar state-of-the-art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap.
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Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Liberty Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Quartermaster Third Class Francis Brown (NSN: 7787670), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with an armed attack on the U.S.S. LIBERTY (AGTR-5) in the Eastern Mediterranean, on 8 June 1967. During the early afternoon hours, the U.S.S. LIBERTY was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and three motor torpedo boats. Subjected to intense incendiary, machine-gun, and rocket fire, and placed in extreme jeopardy by a torpedo hit below the waterline on the starboard side, the U.S.S. LIBERTY sustained numerous personnel casualties and severe structural damage. Serving as Quartermaster, Petty Officer Brown was on the bridge during the initial phase of the air attack. When the helmsman became incapacitated, Petty Officer Brown fearlessly exposed himself to overwhelmingly accurate rocket and machine-gun fire while assuming the helmsman's duties. He steadfastly maintained the ordered course while many men in the immediate proximity received serious and fatal injuries, remaining on his post until felled by strafing fire from the torpedo boats at the moment the torpedo struck the ship. By his aggressiveness, composure under fire, and courageous actions, Petty Officer Brown upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: 8-Jun-67
Service: Navy
Rank: Quartermaster Third Class
Division: U.S.S. Liberty (ATGR-5)

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