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Military Service

World War II

In 1942, Daniel B. Brewster enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in combat during World War II in the Pacific theater, including the brutal invasions of both Guam and Okinawa. He was wounded seven times but continued to lead his men through the battles. Brewster was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and a Gold Star in lieu of a second Purple Heart, along with other medals and commendations. He left active duty in 1946, but continued in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1972, where he reached the rank of Full Colonel. 

Vietnam War

While serving as a U.S. Senator on the Armed Services Committee, Senator Brewster traveled to Vietnam to visit our troops and to personally experience the fighting taking place there. Brewster was an ally of the Johnson Administration and its push for victory in Vietnam – a position he later regretted.

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