Brewer, Charles Walter, Jr., CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
Service Years
1934 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
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Commander Commander

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clinton
Last Address
Tulsa

Casualty Date
Jun 19, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Guam
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
NAS PensacolaUS NavyVC-13 SaintsVF-15 Satans Playmates
NAS Atlantic CityNAS Barbers PointUSS Hornet (CV-12)USS Essex (CV-9)
  1936-1936, 139X, NAS Pensacola
  1942-1943, 131X, USS Core (CVE-13)
  1942-1943, 131X, VC-13 Saints
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1943-1944, 131X, NAS Atlantic City
  1943-1944, 131X, NAAS Creeds, VA
  1943-1944, 131X, NAS Barbers Point
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1941-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
COMMANDING OFFICER
VF-15
PILOT: GRUMMAN F6F-5 HELLCAT
WW II ACE: CREDITED WITH 6.5 ENEMY KILLS

CDR BREWER'S AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN DURING THE BATTLE OF MARIANAS, 19 JUN 1944.
   
Comments/Citation
NAVY CROSS

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Charles Walter Brewer (0-073306), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Marianas Islands on 19 June 1944. Commander Brewer led component parts of his squadron to intercept Japanese airplanes attempting to reach our fleet and personally accounted for 3 of the 60 enemy planes destroyed. Later, he led the six planes remaining aboard the ESSEX to Guam and, in the face of overwhelming odds, shot down two enemy planes and contributed to the destruction or rout of the remainder. Commander Brewer's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 334 (January 1945)
Born: April 19, 1911 at Clinton, Oklahoma
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma


LEGION OF MERIT

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Commander Charles Walter Brewer (NSN: 0-73306), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron THIRTEEN (VC-13) during the period from March 1943 to December 1943. During this period pilots from Lieutenant Commander Brewer's squadron made attacks which resulted in the sinking of several enemy submarines, thereby contributing materially to the success of the campaign against the enemy. The success of this squadron is attributed directly to the outstanding leadership, devotion to duty, professional knowledge and ability of Lieutenant Commander Brewer, and reflects great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: March 1943 - December 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Composite Squadron 13 (VC-13)
   
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