Funeral of a Vietnam MIA hero
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
The remains of Sgt. Maj. George Ronald Brown await the funeral service at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, Texas on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. Sgt. Maj. Brown was reported missing in action (MIA) on March 28, 1968 after he encountered the enemy during a Special Forces operation in Tchepone, Laos. A tooth, contained in the urn, was recently returned as the only remains of the fallen soldier.
Ronda Brown-Pitts cries during the funeral service for Sgt. Maj. George Ronald Brown at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, Texas. Although the family doesn't believe the tooth actually belonged to their fallen hero, they tired of arguing with the military and decided to accept the remains.
Honor guard members from the HQ-HQ Co. of the U.S. Army Garrison JRTC at Fort Polk, La. depart after firing a salute during the funeral service for Sgt. Maj. George Ronald Brown at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
Please read "Daughter doesn't believe remains are those of war hero dad" by F.A. Krift.