Name: James Woodrow Brigham
Branch/Rank: United States Army/E4
Unit: A/65th Engineers, 25th Infanty Division
MOS: 12B20 Combat Engineer
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: OCALA FL
Date of Loss: 13 September 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 112700 North  1061100 East
Status (in 1973): Releasee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1278

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following:
information provided by Col. Frederick J. Charles, III, P.E., U.S. Army
(Ret.); raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020


DECEASED since return


From - Tue Jul 14 10:25:43 1998
Subject: SP4 James Woodrow Brigham, Ocala, FL

I learned of your net via the Casualty Search Page which was mentioned
in Readers Digest.  Your pages list him a Deceased since return, but I
thought you might be interested in some of the rest of his story.

SP4 Brigham was a 12B20 Combat Engineer in A/65th Engineers, 25th Infanty
Division.  I was his company commander.  He was part of a small mine sweep
team clearing the road north of Nui Ba Din in Tay Ninh Province on 13 Sep
68.  They had a platoon of mech infantry as security (headed by an engineer
lieutenant assigned to infantry because of a lack of infantry officers). The
sweep party was ambushed and took four KIA, one also from my company. SP4
Brigham was blown off of a M113 and was last seen running into a small
village nearby.  He was reported as a MIA, but numerous citings were
recorded of four POWs being held in War Zone C.  He was one of those four
and was released on 1 Jan 69 after extensive negotiations with the VC/NVA. I
learned later from an NCO from A Company that I encountered in the US that
SP4 Brigham had suffered injuries in captivity and was taken to Walter Reed
where it was determined that the injuries were untreatable.  He was able to
return to his home in Florida where he later died from those injuries.  He
is listed in the No Quarter data base as having died 17 January 1969 in Tay
Ninh.  That is obviously not quite correct although it does say he died of
wounds.  Nor is his being listed as a 11B20 correct. He was a 12B20 combat
engineer and served with distinction as such.

You have done a great job with your home page.  A truly fine service to
the nation and its fallen and missing heroes.  Thanks.


Frederick J. Charles, III, P.E.
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)