Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster

24, of Fontana, California.
Brewster died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 5, 2006.

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"I was friends with Bryan since junior high up until he passed. Even though I didn’t see him much while he was away serving our country. I still think of my friend every Memorial Day and every time we pay respect to the men and women that have lost their life. Even as a kid he would talk about going into the service. He loved everything about it. I wish I was home that day you stopped by my parents. I’ll be seeing you friend."
Michelle ternen of Highland , ca

"Bryan, We parted ways after high school and never really rekindled our friendship due to life. I enlisted way after you did then come to find out you cashed your life check in so others may continue the fight. From baseball as young kids to sending lead down range you will always and forever be my brother. Watch our 6 in that helo in heaven. SGT Cas Out."
Sgt N. Castaneda of Fontana, CA

"I have the memorial bracelet! I found it in Las Vegas inside of my piano in the piano bar at Harrahs where I work. Have said prayers for Sgt Brewster's eternal peace and for his family and friends. I have had this bracelet for years and only recently talked to someone wearing a similar bracelet who said I should try to contact the family by googling his name. Please call if you would like to help return Bryan's bracelet to it's rightful owner. 702-238-4840. God bless you all.Tamara Pinegar"
Tamara Pinegar of Las Vegas, NV

"Hello Brian, On May 5th 2011 I meet your Battle Buddy when I was on my hike across America to Honor the troops. He had your memorial bracelet on his wrist 5 years to the day we crossed paths, since that time I bring you with me. I just found your story. Now I know how the Lord brought you Home to Him. Thank You for watching over me the many days since we met. I will Honor You Brother,with every-step I take on the mission of Honor."
Lance Robinson of Export,Pa.

"To the family of:Bryan A. Brewster
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"You were my first kiss...the day we got out of school for Christmas break as I was walking to the JROTC building. I loved you but would never have admitted it because you dated all my best friends. Every 30APR, you cross my mind and I can't help but wish you another year older. I miss you! You will always be remembered."

"On this special day I think of Bryan and the great loss that our family still feels. Bryan, you live on in our hearts, today and always. You have given us the greatest blessing, our continued freedom. You will never be forgotten. Today I wear an "Airborne" pin in your honor."
Janice Brewster Martinez of Austin, Texas/USA

"Jim and I are truly sorry. We also lost our son In Iraq and know how the pain is hard to bear.
Our thoughts are with you
Cathy and Jim Fischer
4275 South Wabash
Hastings, Neb
Jim Fischer of Hastings, Neb

"Hey Bry i love you who would have thought i was going to marry a man that is in love with helicoptors? Haha you knew! thank you. I miss you everyday. Keep watching over us"
Mary of Riverside

We will always miss you. You were taken from this world too soon. Just know that we all love you and you will always be remembered"
Kierstie Toohey of Temecula, California

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"I only knew SGT Brewster for a few months in Afghanistan, when we first got there we were in that long tan tent in Camp Albert but he was a great guy, funny and a good NCO as well. He was in one of our sister companies. It is a shame that the good ones are taken like that. I hope that, after two years maybe the pain on Bryan's family has subsided even the slightest bit. God Bless them."
Donald Purifoy of Soto Cano AB, Honduras/Ft. Rucker

"I didn't know you that much but you were prabably awesome"
david brewster of pharr,tx/us

"Bryan is my cousin I never met him but I wish I could everyone wrote that he was a good,funny and cherful guy.Everyone will miss I,m sure. Rest In Peace Bryan."
Brandon Jewett of Rosscomon Michagan United States of Amarica

"Bryan is my cousin I never met him but I wish I could everyone wrote that he was a good,funny and cherful guy.Everyone will miss I,m sure. Rest In Peace Bryan"
Brandon Jewett of Rosscomon Michagan United States of Amarica

"Brian was my cousin I never met him but I wish I could my an,t and uncel plus his brother Scott all miss him."
Brandon Jewett of Rosscommon Michigan United States

"Brian was my cousin I never met him but I wish I could my an,t and uncel plus his brother Scott all miss him."
Brandon Jewett of Rosscommon Michigan United States

"Brewester man whats up. Man i just cant believe im not gonna get a chance to see that big googy smile again! All the time you were the one that made me and most everyone else laugh at just about anything. What can anyone say about you that they dont already know. You knew how to live man, you made people laugh, and you took the fall for me and grass stealing the Mcdonalds flag while we were in the desert and lol you got a week of flag duty for that one!!!! I never could have asked to be friends with someone as whole hearted as you man. You really took every opportunity to live life to its fullest and you are a friend i wont soon forget.I know that there will nevr be another brian brewster but for me you will live forever in my memories! You will be missed dearly and sometime in the future i hope to see that goofy smile again."
Michael Pomerleau of rockland, me mikeytponu24@hotmail.com

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster:
Bryan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Iraq as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"What can i say about Brian. He was the kind of guy that lived his life to the fullest. He was always making people laugh and was there to lend an ear. I did two tours with him, Afghanistan and Iraq with the Alpha Co. 7/101 1st Aviation Regt. Ft. Campbell Kentucky. In good times and in bad times, you will always be remembered buddy. My condolences goes out to his wife and his family. God bless you."
Jesse J. Aranda of Corpus Christi, Tx. USA

"It's been a long road thus far, little brother. It could be harder, but I know your on my side. I can still hear that voice telling me "to stop acting like pussy and don't be a pussy." I can honestly say that, I have enough memories to last me until I see you again. I will always feel the pain, because half of me went with you. The emptiness, I will never feel. There is no void. There is a presence. A very, very, strong, presence. I wear the dog tags around my neck every day with the upmost pride. Too me, we still hold the strongest bond that has ever been created: brother-hood. My life has changed dramatically this year, to the point of where I'm so busy I don't even have time to think. I've tried my dear honest truth too try and hold people together and be strong while trying to communicate at often as I can. It's been trying but it's all about moving forward and yours and God's plan has helped the healing process. Everything I do, is in your honor of your legacy and the long-lasting effect you put into my life. My preperation for the moment in May, was all the time spent with you. Without you, I couldn't have been as strong as I am. It's almost like you knew this was your destiny. I give you the upmost credit for doing what you love doing, and paying the ultimate price with yoiur life. We can't be selfish as grievers and hold it over for an extended period of time. Behind your death, there is a great form of respect that you are part of an elite group of humans that you died what you loved doing. Your destiny was etched in stone at age three. Your immediate family are forever your witnessess. Your are loved and truly missed. You came in as what socitry labeled as a "failure." You left as a hero and are sitting on top of the world. Save a spot for me in heaven and have that beer cold and ready. Until then, see you at the gates ..."
Scott Brewster AKA: Big Brother of Victorville, CA

"I don't know how to begin this... Brewster is such a major role in so many people's lives. He is one of my very-best friends. His phone was always on, as was mine. We met in high school and he introduced me to "the fun life". I'll never forget the first time he took me off-roading in his two wheel-drive Nissan pick-up... I thought my mother would never see me again! We always came out of it with high-fives and laughter. Who ever thought that anyone could be so capable of creating chaotic havoc, and still maintain such strong, loving relationships with so many people? I love that Bryan would never let anyone have a bad day. No matter the situation, he could always smile through it. Even when being "caught in the act", he could charm his way back into your heart. He would do anything for his friends. He would give the shirt off his back to a stranger if he felt they needed it. His smile is so contagious. His laughter is so resounding. He's left a mark in everyone's life he encountered. His compassion, love and friendship can never be matched. As always, all of my love to the Brewsters’. Call me anytime (of course)."
Melissa of Menifee (Fontana), CA

"The Brewster Family,

It has been many years since I had seen Bryan but the times we did hang out were great, I think I spent more time at his house than any. We have great memories together, I can only remember the day Valarie called me and told me Chris I have some bad news for you, "Bryan's been killed" I thought it was a dream, as soon as we hung up I went online and looked up the information. Bryan's personality was his own always made me laugh, I was going through some old stuff and found a picture that Valarie him and I took, I broke down in tears. We miss you Bryan and Thank You for all you did."
Christi Lara of Norco, CA, USA

"The Brewster Family,

It has been many years since I had seen Bryan but the times we did hang out were great, I think I spent more time at his house than any. We have great memories together, I can only remember the day Valarie called me and told me Chris I have some bad news for you, "Bryan's been killed" I thought it was a dream, as soon as we hung up I went online and looked up the information. Bryan's personality was his own always made me laugh, I was going through some old stuff and found a picture that Valarie him and I took, I broke down in tears. We miss you Bryan and Thank You for all you did."
Christi Lara of Norco, CA, USA

"To the family of Bryan Brewster: Cathedral City, California had a dedication of Patriot Park today, 9-11-06, and to honor our fallen service men and women, 3000 plus flags were placed in the park on Friday, 9-8, along with the reading of each person's name. On each of the flags was placed a tag which had the name, age, home town, date of death and place of death of the honoree. People attending the ceremony on 9-11 where taps was played and the dedication of the park took place were asked to contribute $30 to buy one of the flags. Lists of the fallen were offered so one could choose a flag based on a last name, home town or state, but we told them to give us any of the flags. However, as we started to leave, I looked at one last tag, and it indicated that the young soldier was killed on my birthday, May 5th!! It was so moving to see that date on there that I asked to purchase that flag. It is Bryan Brewster's. Along with the flag came a flagpole and a beautiful certificate. I would like very much for Bryan's family to have this flag. If you would contact me at ps.csr@verizon.net, I will make sure you get it. I live in Palm Springs, so it would be easy for me to get it to you. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of this young man. I shall pray for Bryan and for his family."
Karen of Palm Springs, California

"Bryan was my cousin and on behalf of my entire family I would like to say thank you all for your kind words and memorable stories about him. He will forever be loved by us and forever missed as well. Our hearts are with the other families that lost loved ones and continue to be with those soliders who are still fighting for our country. Bryan wanted nothing more growing up than to be in the service and to serve his country. As we all have said about him many times, he would have wanted to go no other way. Thank you all for all you have done for my family and for all the things you have said about my cousin."
Jennifer Wester-Latimore of Victorville California USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Bryan will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"I just don't have the words to say how I feel. I want to say thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for willing offering to put yourself in harms way. My 2 brothers are also military and I can just imagine the pain I would feel if they were to lose their lives. May God guide and Bless you all. Forever from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU not much but the only thing I can say."
Kara Thompson of Rogers, Arkansas

"Sgt. Brewster, I never had the pleasure of knowing you. I did however help one of your friends find the answer to questions that needed answers. To your family, I too lost both of my only children both boys. One being in the Air Force and killed by a drunk driver. Should you ever need to talk or just have connection with someone who knows what your feeling please by all means email me at BRATMUS@AOL.COM my email door is always open. I have support groups who will help you when your ready to share. Love N Hugs Pat McDougle"
Pat McDougle of Bealeton, Virginia

"Brewster Family

It was an honor to serve with you son. I appreciate the experiences and friendship he gave to me. It was not a uncommon experience for him to bust into my office and tell me how mad he was that I still didn't have the supplies he needed he would ramble for about 20 or 30 min before I would hand it to him. It was always so funny to see him drop his head and laugh since he knew I had it and still let him ramble. It was always his priority to make sure his soldiers were taken care of and that's alway what made him not only a good NCO, friend, and fellow soldier. I will alway remember him and his memory will never be forgotten. I too lost a son and I know that they are both looking down on us with a smile. That cheesy little grin that he always had. God Bless you family and thank you for Bryan.

SPC Callie Walker Bundy
Dco 6/101st
I have something of Bryan's that if you every want it email me California773@yahoo.com
I will keep it just in case you ever do."
Callie Walker Bundy of Ft Campbell Ky


Man, where do I begin? You were an amzingly crazy guy. You did things and acquired things that no ordinary man could accomplish. You were a great person to bearound, and you always had something funny to say... although it usually wasn't the best time to say it. Rest easy man, and I will see you again someday.


Former PV2 Ron Beadle
A Company, 7th Bn. 101st AVN Regt, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)"
Ron Beadle of Beulah, ND


Your silly grin and ability to ALWAYS say the wrong thing at the right time will be with me forever. I still remember the day that I needed to get to Camp Victory from Camp Udari in Kuwait and I needed to get there RIGHT NOW! You got a Humvee from somewhere and with that grin said, "Sir, get in and hold on!" We had to drive around three minefields to get to where we were going, but you got me there ahead of time so I bought you ice cream. What a day! Or when you'd hop a flight to make sure my guys and I got our mail. You're one of a kind, Bryan. You'll be missed. Godspeed. Rest Well. You've earned it."
Douglas Chace of Washington DC

""Memorial Day" 2006
Proud Army mom of:
Pfc. Adam L. Thomas
1-87 Ft. Drum
KIA: Afghanistan 08-31-03
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Thank you Bryan Brewster, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bryan Brewster:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Bryan for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bryan Brewster:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Bryan, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on