CW3 Ellis "Buzz" E. Brabec was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/01/2019 at the age of 84.9 (Exact date not known.)
Cameron, NC
Date of Birth 05/18/1934
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 93 TC CO in 63, 121 AVN CO in 63, 178 ASHC in 66-67
This information was provided by 178-132 Assoc Win-Spr 2024

More detail on this person: Ellis "Buzz" Brabec was born on May 18 1934 in Colorado and passed in April 2019 in Cameron, North Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam, flying H-21s in 1963 in the 121st Aviation Company and Chinooks with the 178th in 1966-67 at both Phu Loi and Chu Lai. Enlisted Air Crew remember him as a super pilot who could be hilarious and deadly serious at the same time. He refused to wear combat boots when flying...sporting shiny black Wellington boots in the cockpit. I can still hear his voice on the intercom yelling "They're still coming baby" (which meant , " don't stop shooting" and "you guys might want to hang on to something back there!" Which meant something fun was about to happen!" He attended one reunion, 1994 in St. Louis. Bill Sly and Dean Nelson visited him at his home Cameron, NC in 2010. Printed in 178th-132nd Association Newsletter Winter-Spring 2024

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