03 Jan 2001
To my brother James, who is sadly missed.
You were a brave young man who, like many others, did what was asked of you.
On 21 March 1967, at Soui Tre in Tay Ninh Province, 400 men of the 3/22nd and the 2/77th Arty stood off
an attack by a reinforced regiment of North Vietnamese regulars until relieved by elements of the 2/22nd
and the 2/34th Armor.
The North Vietnamese lost the battle and I lost my brother. I wish to remember him and the 32 other Americans
who lost their lives in the battle at Fire Support Base GOLD:
|Army, 3/22nd, 2/77th, 2/22nd, and 2/34th|
|SP4 EDWARD M AMATO|| ||SP4 HERMAN E ANDERS JR|
|PFC MATTHEW D ATKINS III|| ||SP5 NORMAN L BALLANCE III |
|SP4 MICHAEL A BALZER|| ||SP4 LARRY D BARTON|
|PFC THOMAS L BELL|| ||SP4 KENNETH G BLANTON|
|SP4 JAMES D BREWER|| ||SGT JOSEPH J DI LANDRO|
|SSG JACK EATON|| ||PFC BRIAN F GIBBONS|
|PFC CHARLES R GOODWIN|| ||SP4 WILLIE GRANT JR|
|PFC CHARLES R GREER|| ||PFC EVERETTE E HARDING|
|PFC JOHN O HARRIS|| ||SP4 JAMES R HINTZ|
|SP4 VIRGIL M LEDFORD|| ||PFC WILLIAM E MALLORY JR|
|SP4 EDWARD J MULLER|| ||SP4 GARLAND A NEWHOUSE|
|SP4 THOMAS D PETERKIN|| ||CPL JOHN F PEZZULO|
|SP4 LAWRENCE E POLLOCK|| ||SP4 DAVID C ROGERS|
|SP4 THOMAS M SEKLECKI|| ||SP4 ROBERT J SMITH|
|SP4 THOMAS R TALMADGE|| ||SP4 ALGERNON P THOMAS|
|SP4 LARRY L WARNOCK|| || |
|USAF O-1 BIRDDOG Crew|
|CPT TONIE L ENGLAND JR|| ||CPT WALTER H FORBES III|
Presidential Unit Citation 3/22nd
From his brother,
Charlie Brewer Sr.
25TH INFANTRY DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96225
|10 April 1967
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL
1. TC 320. The following AWARDS are announced:
BREWER, JAMES D. RA15743050 SP4 E-4
Co A, 3d Bn, 22d Inf, 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div
Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Posthumously)
Date Action: 21 March 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Specialist Four Brewer distinguished himself by heroic actions on 21 March 1967, on Operation Junction City, Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Brewer's company was set up in a perimeter defense northeast of Soui Da in Tay Ninh Province, when a Viet Cong regimental force attacked the perimeter and surrounded it. Specialist Brewer's position wasunder heavy concentration of automatic weapons and mortar fire. Specialist Brewer, seeing the .50 caliber machine gun position being overrun, maneuvered through intense enemy fire to the beleaguered position and placed highly effective fire on the oncoming enemy force until he was mortally wounded. His actions were directly responsible for keeping friendly casualties to a minimum. Specialist Brewer's disregard for his own safety, coolness under fire, and personal bravery are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, dated 24 August 1962, and USARV
message 16695, 1 July 1966.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
ROBERT C. SHAW|
Acting Chief of Staff
ROBERT S. YOUNG