Sergeant First Class

D. C. Brewer

Inducted 2009

D. C. Brewer

Sergeant First Class D.C. Brewer, US Army (1926-2007), enlisted in 1943 and served in World War II. His first action against the enemy German forces was the Normandy, France invasion: D-Day 6 June 1944, with the 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment. He was wounded and received his first of three Purple Hearts.

During his career he served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars; and was assigned to the Dominican Republic serving in various units to include the 101st and 17th Airborne Divisions; 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and 1st, 2nd and 5th Special Forces.

He served in the US Army Third Infantry Regiment: The Old Guard, Fort Meyer and Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. His awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and three Purple Hearts. He was awarded the Venezuelan Medal of Honor, the only foreign serviceman to receive that honor.

He retired in 1966. After retirement, and because of the frigid weather in Europe during World War II, he eventually lost both legs to amputation.