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Francis Brown

Date of birth: 6-May-47
Date of death: June 8, 1967
Place of Birth: New York, Albany
Home of record: Troy New York
Status: KIA


Navy Cross

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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)