Today in History – July 14, 1968 – Warren Keith Brown KIA, Hog Piner Recovered Safely

Warren Keith Brown was born on June 14, 1939, and lived in Sioux City, IA. He had enlisted in the USAF and entered via the National Guard. He began his tour on May 10, 1968, with the rank of 1Lt. He was serving with the 174th TFS/37th TFW/ 7th AF out of Phu Cat AB.

On July 14, 1968, “Bat 7’s” aircraft F-100C #542004 was hit by gunfire. Warren ejected but his chute failed to open and he was reported missing and ultimately declared dead.

Warren is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 52w, Line 26. (1)

James "Jim" T. Piner - before

Also on July 14, 1968 – J.T. “Hog” Piner ejects from F-100D #553722. Here’s his story.

“Yes, I am guilty of ruining a perfectly good F-100D.

On 14 July 1968, I was leading a flight of 4-Ds out of Phu Cat AB, RVN. We were loaded with 2 Unfinned Napalm, 2 MK-82 Hi-Drag, and 20 MM. Our target was in the A Shau Valley, under FAC control. It was not good weather. The FAC marked the target and cleared us hot. I think he also cleared the VC gunner hot also. As I rolled in they opened up. I told everyone that we would only make 2 passes and to keep it moving. On my 2nd pass, old Charlie got lucky. I took 3 hits. I turned east (I liked the water), cleaned the wings, plugged in the burner and made the standard “Oh Shit” Mayday call. By the time I got “feet wet” the old bird was burning good, all the lights were on and the flight controls didn’t respond.

I guess it was almost like a controlled bailout. The wind blast was more than expected, and I had a problem getting stabilized (was on my back in a flat spin). (Should have gone to jump school) Then I noticed that I still had the “Gold Key” and it hadn’t stayed with the seat. So I pulled the “D Ring” and really slowed down (fast), turned off the beeper in the chute, deployed the seat pack life raft and inflated my water wings. Got wet, got into my dingy and waited about 10-15 minutes.
Two Marine cargo choppers stopped by and gave me a lift and ride to their base near Hue. Got a clean/dry flight suit and ride to Da Nang AB.

— Jim “Hog” Piner”

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