Photos submitted by fellow Marine, Mike Lopez. November 25, 2012. Additional Information
from Victor Vilionas, USMC.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Brumagen of Richmond KY, the husband of Elsie J. Brumagen, the father of son David and
daughters Candice and Trudy Brumagen of South Glen Falls NY was a veteran of over fourteen years of service in the US
Marine Corps and was commission as a 2LT in 1966. He arrived in Vietnam as a GySgt., on 20, July 1966 and was temporarily
assigned to HQ., Company, 7th, Marine Regiment, where Vic Vilionas met him during the brief period he was assigned,
to the S-2 section, replacing the Intelligence Officer. Vic vividly recalls the day when Gunnery Sergeant Brumagen entered
the Command Operations Center with a broad smile sporting "Butter Bars", on the lapels of his utilities. He had just been
promoted to 2LT and was on his way to command a platoon in a line Company. 2LT Brumagen was assigned to Company B, 1st
Battalion, 7th, Marines on 2 October 1966.
During Operation RIO BLANCO the Marines were waiting at their designated LZ (Landing Zone) North of Xa Doi Dien village
complex in Son Tinh District to be lifted out by helicopters to a new area of operations. At approximately 09:50H, on
Thanksgiving Day, 24, November 1966, two hostile rounds of small arms fire were directed at the group of Marines. One
of those rounds struck 2LT Brumagen in the head.
"All who met, served with, or served for Art Brumagen remember a remarkable man and will carry his memory to their graves"
Photo courtesy of Maxine Wade. Gunnery Sgt. Richard Wade (L.) passed in 1985. Photo taken by C.I.B., Da Nang five
minutes before Lt. Brumagen's (R.) death by sniper fire.