Final Mission of SP4 James W. Brigham Jr.Posted on 7/28/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgSP4 James W. Brigham Jr. was a 12B20 Combat Engineer in A/65th Engineers, 25th Infanty Division. I was his company commander. He was part of a small mine sweep team clearing the road north of Nui Ba Din in Tay Ninh Province on 13 Sep 68. They had a platoon of mech infantry as security (headed by an engineer lieutenant assigned to infantry because of a lack of infantry officers). The sweep party was ambushed and took four KIA, one also from my company. SP4 Brigham was blown off of a M113 and was last seen running into a small village nearby. He was reported as a MIA, but numerous citings were recorded of four POWs being held in War Zone C. He was one of those four and was released on 1 Jan 69 after extensive negotiations with the VC/NVA. I learned later from an NCO from A Company that I encountered in the US that SP4 Brigham had suffered injuries in captivity and was taken to Walter Reed where it was determined that the injuries were untreatable. He was able to return to his home in Florida where he later died from those injuries. He is listed in the No Quarter data base as having died 17 January 1969 in Tay Ninh. That is obviously not quite correct although it does say he died of wounds. Nor is his being listed as an 11B20 correct. He was a 12B20 combat engineer and served with distinction as such. (Submitted by Frederick J. Charles, III, P.E. Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
Remembered back homePosted on 5/23/14 - by Steve JohnstonYou are remembered & held in high honor back home in Ocala, Florida. I pray the Lord gently delivered your soul in your time of need. Rest in peace w/ your brothers, brave warrior...............MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/24/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear SP4 James Woodrow Brigham Jr, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 11/23/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgJames is buried at Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Ocala,FL. BSM PH
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/19/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Wound Kills Freed GIPosted on 8/8/03 - by Jim McIlhenneyWound Kills Freed GIMORE
WASHINGTON, January 17 (UPI).-Army Sp/4 James W. Brigham, one of three American prisoners released by the Vietcong on New Year's Day, died Friday at Walter Reed General Hospital a week after undergoing brain surgery, the Army announced.
Spokesmen said Brigham, 21, of Ocala, Fla., died at 6:15 P.M., apparently without regaining from the unconsciousness into which he lapsed following the brain surgery January 9.
After he entered Walter Reed, the Army disclosed that Brigham had received a serious head wound before his capture by the Communists and had been operated on by the Vietcong while a prisoner in Vietnam.
Article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on January 18, 1969.
You are always rememberedPosted on 4/14/03 - by Holly StollerI just wanted you let you know how much you aspire me to be like you. You have displayed so much courage and strength by being apart of our nation's defense. You have so selflessly given to our nation and I hope that you know how much it means to me. You will not be forgotten.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.