Brewer, Donald Edward, Sr., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 131X, USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
Service Years
1951 - 1953
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bartow, FL
Last Address
Cincinnati, Oh

Casualty Date
Jun 19, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Korean War Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
NAS Jacksonville FLVA-45 BlackbirdsUSS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
  1952-1952, 131X, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1952-1953, 131X, VA-45 Blackbirds
  1953-1953, 131X, USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 25, 2016, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Lieutenant Junior Grade Brewer was the pilot of an AD-4N Skyraider night dive bomber with Attack Squadron 45 aboard carrier USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CVA-39). June 19, 1953, while on a combat mission over North Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He was killed instantly while trying to eject at a low altitude.



Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Donald Edward Brewer (NSN: 0-394429), United States Naval (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Pilot of an attack plane of Attack Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VA-45), attached to the U.S.S. Lake Champlain (CVA-39), while flying a close air support mission against Communist-held positions on the central Korean front on 19 June 1953. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Brewer pressed home his bombing attack against enemy front line troops, despite the fact that his plane was seriously damaged by 37-mm. anti-aircraft fire. Although hit at the beginning of his attack, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Brewer continued his dive, dissipating life-saving altitude, until he was assured of a good hit. He was personally credited with the destruction of 150 yards of trenches containing enemy troops firing at friendly forces. Upon the completion of his attack, he bailed out of his now-disabled aircraft. However, too much altitude had been lost and his parachute did not have time to open. His disregard for personal safety and extraordinary heroism in action contributed materially to the mission of the United Nations in Korea, at the cost of his life. His devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Service: Navy Reserve
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