SEALS Brewton, John Cooke (Bubba)

John Robertson

Staff member
John Cooke (Bubba)
  • UNIT
U.S.N.R. Seal Team 2
  • RANK
Lieutenant junior grade
Silver Star,Bronze Star with V device,Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
South Vietnam 1969
DOW - see Roll of Honour



Silver Star: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade John Cooke Brewton, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as a member of Sea-Air-Land Team TWO (SEAL-2), on 24 November 1969, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam. As Assistant Platoon Officer of a U.S. Navy SEAL Team, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Brewton was participating in a mission in the Rung Sat Special Zone, in an area of recent heavy enemy activity, when he observed a camouflaged sampan, an enemy bunker, and two armed Viet Cong. As he gave the command for the platoon to open fire, the unit was simultaneously taken under heavy enemy fire from a numerically superior force. Although wounded in the arms and back, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Brewton led his platoon to offensive firing positions. He was again wounded while firing from a prone positions. Despite his additional painful injuries, he directed the Corpsman to care for other, more seriously wounded personnel, and remained in a forward exposed position to direct U.S. Navy Light Helicopter Fire Team air strikes on the enemy. Only after the enemy fire was suppressed and the other casualties treated did he accept medical aid for himself. By his valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit in the face of grave enemy opposition and serious personal injuries, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Brewton upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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