From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Browne '58

Date of birth: March 20, 1936

Date of death: July 27, 1967

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:


Photo submitted by: Betsy Browne and the Entire Browne Family - dlh - hoosierfaces@att.net
Photo submitted by: Betsy Browne and the Entire Browne Family - dlh - hoosierfaces@att.net

Ed was killed in action on July 27, 1967 while rescuing his men in the Quang Tri province. He was commanding officer of D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Force.


From the November 1967 issue of Shipmate.

From the November 1967 issue of Shipmate:

Capt. Edward R. Browne, USMC, died in enemy action on 27 July at Con Then, Vietnam. Memorial services were held in New London, Conn., with interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Capt. Browne was born in San Diego, Calif., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 when he was eighth in his class. He served at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and later was an instructor at the U.S. Artillery School, Ft. Sill, Okla. From 1962-65 he attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey where he received a Master's degree in electronics engineering. From 1965-66 he was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C., and had been serving in Vietnam for eleven months at the time of his death. He was commanding officer of "D" Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines.

Surviving are his widow, the former Elinor Hoefer, and children Elizabeth Anne and Edward Stephen… and his mother. His father, M/Sgt. Edward R. Browne, USMC, was killed in the Pacific during World War II.


From The Wall USA:

I would like his widow and any of his children to know that in over 20 years of education, that Cpt Browne was the most prepared and most effective instructor that I ever had. He was my main instructor when I attended the Artillery Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sill in January 1962. Al Girolamo, Oct 20, 2013

One, of the finest men, I've ever known. Captain Browne, was my C.O.. Next, to my father, he was the finest man, I've ever known. He was, fair and direct. He demanded, competence and focus, from everyone, who served under him. I think, of him nearly, every day. Semper Fidelis Michael Ryerson, Saturday, July 27, 2002

ED, You are well remembered for the friend and patriot you were. HENRY MILLER, USNA CLASSMATE and FRIEND, Friday, July 04, 2003


The child development center at Camp Pendleton, CA, is named for Ed.


He had at least one child, Betsy, and at least one sister.

Class of 1958

Edward is one of 28 members of the Class of 1958 on Virtual Memorial Hall.