CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER TIMOTHY BRADY BRAUN; U.S. ARMY

August 22, 1948 (Norwalk, CT) – present
Married to Madeline Mary Trainor Braun on June 9, 1970 in Norwalk, CT
Three children
Local address: 59 Glover Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted in June 12, 1967
Serial number W-3159834
Unit: First Air Cavalry Division, 227th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter), Company B

Born to Father Andrew George (1919-2009) and Geraldine Brady Braun (1922-1972). Brother Kenneth Charles (1953?-?).

Recipient of the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal twice.


Norwalk High School yearbook, Class of ’66
Norwalk High School yearbook, 1966, football picture

Attended Bridgton Academy in Maine for one year in 1967 and played football for them.

From the Bridgton Academy annual report in 2015.

From The Norwalk Hour May 1, 1969

Braun Gets Silver Star For Viet Action

The Silver Star Medal, for gallantry in action has been awarded to Warrant Officer Timothy B. Braun, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Braun of Glover Avenue. The young warrant officer of Company B, 227th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) earned the award during action on December 2, 1968 in Vietnam. According to the citation, an infantry unit was under heavy fire from the Viet Cong. As the fighting increased in intensity, the en began to run out of ammunition. Warrant Officer Braun volunteered to deliver the much needed supplies to the pinned down company. As his hopper buzzed in, the Viet Cong, sensing that the battle hinged on whether or not Braun made the delivery, concentrated their firepower on his ship. With what the Army describes as “complete disregard for his own safety, he continued his approach and successfully delivered the urgently needed supplies.” Two more times Warrant Officer Braun maneuvered the helicopter through the intense hail of bullets and brought in more supplies. On his fourth trip his luck ran out. Enemy bullets ripped into the guts of the helicopter. As the machine sputtered its last breath, Braun somehow managed to guide it away from the friendly troops below. A crew member later reported that he still didn’t see how Braun managed to land the ship. Warrant Officer Braun, suffering from a shoulder injury in the crash, helped other crew members from the remains of the craft. H guided them through the battle zone and into the friendly perimeter. His citation for the Silver Star states, “His gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”


From The Norwalk Hour May 15, 1969

Timothy Braun, Viet War Hero, Wounded In Action

Winner of the Silver Star Medal for earlier gallantry in action, Warrant Officer Timothy Braun, 20, of Glover Avenue was wounded in action May 5, 1969. According to his mother, Mrs. Geraldine Braun, he will be in a Tokyo hospital until at least July. She said that she received a letter from her son informing her that he “took a pretty good shot in the leg.” Mrs. Braun said that the vital parts of the leg were not damaged according to the letter. The details of the incident are still unclear. Mrs. Braun said all she knows is that he was wounded in action. She added that he has been awarded his second Purple Heart Medal as a result of the wound. Warrant Officer Braun received his first Purple Heart and the Silver Star Medal for action December 2, 1968. Braun had volunteered to fly his helicopter through intense enemy fire to deliver supplies to a pinned down unit. He made the flight four times before being shot down. Even though he was wounded, he managed to lead the helicopter’s crew to safety.


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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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