MAJ Chester P. Brown was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/13/2010 at the age of 80.8 from Surgery
Albuquerque, NM
Date of Birth 06/05/1929
Served in the U.S. Air Force
Served in Vietnam with 20 SOS in 67-68
Call sign in Vietnam GREEN HORNET
This information was provided by Jim Burns, Earl Brown (son), SSN search Sep 2010

More detail on this person: My Father, Maj USAF (Ret) Chester P. Brown flew with the Green Hornets in 1967 and 1968. He transferred to Panama Canal Zone, 68-70 and retired. He is listed on the Military Times Hall Of Valor for the Silver Star and two DFC's he earned in 1967. He took his final flight from this world on 13 March 2010. From: Earl Brown

Awarded a Silver Star and two DFCs. See -awards/recipient.php?recipientid=24140

Major CHESTER (CHET) PERKINS BROWN, USAF (retired), 80 passed away on March 13, 2010.

Born June 5, 1929 in Cambridge, MA to Lt. Col. Alphonso James and Alice H. Brown, Chet devoted his life to the service of his and in improving the lives of others around him. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Priscilla Stean and son Eric, Chet is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen E. Brown of Rio Rancho; children Carl and wife Elaine of Las Cruces, Alan and wife Maureen of Elephant Butte, Carol and husband Paul Ritchie of Albuquerque, Neal and wife Wendy of Elephant Butte and earl and wife Laurie of San Diego, CA; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Marjorie Brown of Bellevue, WA and several nieces and nephews.

Chet served his country in the United States Air Force and was a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in Vietnam he received the Silver Star for valor, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Metals for gallantry and bravery as a Huey Gunship Pilot serving with the 20th Helicopter / Special Operations Squadron "Green Hornets". Upon his retirement in 1979 Chet returned to school at University of New Mexico and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in recreation and public administration.

He soon discovered the joy of hot air ballooning and was an active balloon pilot for twenty-five years. From 1997 to 2001 he served as a flying safety officer for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Chet was also a Board member of the Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon, and active State Park volunteer and a docent at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

He was a member of High Desert United Methodist Church in Rio Rancho and a member of Albuquerque Lodge #60, AF & AM. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

Cremation has taken place and he will be interred, with full military honors, at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113,; New Mexico State Parks Foundation,; Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon Inc., 5912 Jones Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120,, Balloon Explorium, Inc., P.O. Box 91566, Albuquerque, NM 87199, Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 505-892-9920.

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