USS Brewton FF-1086
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John Brewton enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966. He was accepted as an Officer Candidate, receiving his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in April of 1967. He had been an avid skin diver in college, and this interest led him to volunteer for UDT and later for SEAL Team training. In late 1969, following arduous training and a promotion, Lieutenant junior grade Brewton was serving as Platoon Officer of a SEAL team, in combat against Communist forces in South Vietnam. On 24 November 1969, LT(jg) Brewton led his platoon in fierce action against a numerically superior force. Despite suffering painful arm and back wounds, he directed the disposition of his forces, and refused medical treatment for himself until all of his men had been tended. After receiving an additional wound, he continued to direct helicopter attacks against enemy positions from a forward vantage point.

After the action, LT(jg) Brewton was evacuated to a Saigon field hospital for treatment. Despite a courageous fight for life, he succumbed to his wounds on 11 January 1970.

As a result of the action which led to his death, LT(jg) Brewton was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant and awarded the Silver Star for "valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit in the face of grave enemy opposition and serious personal injuries." He also earned the Bronze Star with one gold star and a Combat "V"; the Purple Heart with one gold star; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Vietnam Service Ribbon with three bronze stars, and the National Defense Service Medal. In addition, Lieutenant Brewton was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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