Lycurgas Brand Jr.
Technical Sergeant USMC 161 HMR SQDN 1 MAW
Born 3 September 1923
Killed in Action
February 12, 1953 Korea
Tustin, CA Military Heroes
most of the Tustin Area Soldiers that have Tustin
Ranch streets named in their honor, Sgt. Brand was
not a native son of Tustin. Joseph Brand Jr., the
oldest child of Joseph and Odessa (Dye) Brand, was
born 3 September 1923 in Florida and raised in Georgia
Brand joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942.
At the time of his death,
the helicopter Squadron that Tech. Sgt. Brand belonged
had been established at
the El Toro Marine base but stationed in Tustin when
it left Tustin for Korea.
to Alan Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter
"HMR-161 had been able to maintain an amazing record
of flight safety conducting helicopter operations
in a combat zone for 17 months without losing a man."
Unfortunately, this record ended on 12 February 1953.
Captain Allen W. Ruggles of Massachusetts and his
crew chief, Technical Sergeant Joseph L. Brand Jr.,
about 25 miles south of Pusan on their way to rendezvous
with an aircraft carrier that was to take them to
Japan, when their helicopter crashed into the water.
Mechanical trouble was believed to have been the cause.
The bodies of Captain Ruggles and Sgt. Brand were
Brand was survived by his wife, Betty, two sons and
a daughter all under the
age of 4 years old.
is the recipient of the Korean Presidential Unit Citation,
the Navy Presidential Citation, the Marine Corps Good
Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal,
the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Republic of
Korea War Service Medal, the
American Campaign Medal, the Air Medal and the Purple
Provided By: Tustin
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