Andrew Carl Brucher

Army of the United States
06 July 1945 - 04 April 1967
Smallwood, New York
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Andy Brucher

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Andrew Carl Brucher

16 Feb 1998

... His name is on The Wall ...

His name is Sergeant Andrew Carl Brucher ...

... lost his life April 4 1967 ...

... forever in our hearts.

This is a poem I wrote for my cousin

...His Name Is On The Wall...

You left so many years ago
25 to be exact...

You smiled, you grinned...
You said good-bye
I won't be coming back...

You gave your life
That fateful day
In a land, so far away..

Your name is on a wall
We came, we wept, we cried

But, somehow we left
With a certain sense of pride....

Written by his cousin
Marjorie Smith Ward
for Andrew Carl Brucher

We visited the memorial in 1984. At the time I did not realize that people brought flowers, etc. There is this certain feeling you get while there. Daughter Wendy was to visit the memorial a few years later. I made up a wreath in red, white, blue with this poem, a picture of Andy in the center. Wendy's plans were changed, so the wreath was put on Andy's grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel, New York.

Everyone liked the poem so much. The poem is on America Online, The Wall section. Recently it was picked up for a veterans page.

I have seen the Traveling Wall too. It was much nicer than I expected it to be. If you ever have the chance, go to see it. I did not think it would happen, you seem to get this feeling while visiting this wall too.

There are two Brucher names on The Wall. I did not notice this when we went to Washington, but I noticed it in the name listing for America Online. I sent a letter to the hometown of this Brucher. No one answered me, but the letter was not returned either. Recently, by a stroke of luck, someone from John Brucher's family got in touch with me. She told me John had left a wife and two children.

When I attended the Billy Ray Cyrus concert I made up a special shirt with a picture of the wreath, a copy of the Some Gave All cover.

I do remember the day that I was sitting in mom's kitchen feeding daughter Wendy. Andy came and told me he had come to tell me good-by, he would not be seeing me again. Of course, I said "Oh, don't say that." But he said, no, he meant it.

Andy was a good person. We grew up together, Andy had lived right down the street from us. We had a lot of fun growing up.

When we got older, we used to go bowling up in Liberty on Sunday nights a lot. We sure enjoyed bowling.

The road where Andy use to live is now named after him. So is the VFW post. There was an article and pictures about Andy in The Middletown Record.

My husband Ronnie Ward is a Vietnam veteran. He visited The Wall and he says he will never go back.

Did you by any chance know Andy?
Please let us know .. contact me at

Peace .. God Bless you, Andy and John Brucher.

My original memorial to Andy Brucher is at

From his cousin,
Marjorie Smith Ward

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his nephew,
Kevin Rumsey

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Feb 1998
Last updated 03/26/2008