This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. On September 30th, 2016 Brunswick City Schools honored seven men who attended Brunswick High School and paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The family and friends of these seven men were presented with letters of appreciation and honorary diplomas for those who joined the Military prior to graduation. The ceremony ended with the Brunswick High School marching band playing taps and the Armed Forces medley. Representatives from the American Legion 234, VFW Post 9520 and Medina County Veterans Service were all in attendance. Check out the full video here!
Captain Theodore Peter Neura Jr. was born on May 1, 1932. He played football for Brunswick High School and is a member of the Brunswick Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from Brunswick in 1951. Captain Neura joined the United States Air Force in September 1959. Captain Neura was killed in an Army Light Transport on December 12, 1963 in Vietnam. To honor his heroic actions during the war he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, and Air Force Pilot Wings. Neura Park in Brunswick is named in his memory and as a Gold Star Mother, Malvina wore his medals in the Memorial Day Parade for 30 years.
Representing Captain Theodore Peter Neura Jr. was Mrs. Aqua Witkowski
(Neura) sister of Theodore and family members.
Representing STG. James Patrick Duffy Jr. was Mr. and Mrs. Chalmers friends of Patrick’s family.
CPL. Thomas Eugene Bewley was born March 28, 1951 in Brunswick, Ohio. He attended Brunswick High School until he joined the United States Marines in April of 1968. He served with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and 1st Marine Division during Vietnam. CPL Bewley lost his life as a result of a weapons accident on Saturday, February 21, 1970. To honor his heroic actions during the war CPL Bewley was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Representing CPL Thomas Eugene Bewley was Mrs. Linda Hudson (sister of Thomas) and family.
PFC. Patrick Thomas Mooney was born February 14, 1947 and attended Brunswick High School. He entered the United States Army in October of 1965. He served with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. He was last seen on his division’s ambulance, working for the Light Weapons infantry Army, when what is only known as “Small Arms Fire,” caused a fatal wound. PFC Mooney died in Vietnam on June 20, 1966. To honor his heroic actions during the war, PFC Mooney was awarded The Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Paratrooper Badge.
Representing PFC Patrick Thomas Mooney was Edward Zackery from the Medina County Veterans
SGT. Harry Michael Trammell was born January 4, 1950. He attended Brunswick High School until 1967 when he joined the United States Army. SGT Trammell served with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, and 9th Infantry Division. He was killed by an explosive device in Vietnam on Thursday, May 22, 1969. To honor his heroic actions during the war he was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, & the National Defense Service Medal.
Representing SGT. Harry Michael Trammell was Dave Hayes Sergeant of Guard at the American Legion Post 234 in Brunswick.
Representing SGT. Jack Hatfield was Pat Finn Financial Officer of the American Legion Post 234 in Brunswick.
Representing SSG. Ronald Warren Gibson was Bob Prevost Commander of the American Legion Post 234 in Brunswick.