Memory of Army Specialist 4th Class
Charles John Milbrandt
Aberdeen, South Dakota, Brown County
July 27, 1947-May 13,1967
Killed in action in Quang Nagi Province, South Vietnam
Charles John Milbrandt was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on
July 27, 1947, to Lloyd R. and Doris (Becker) Milbrandt. He had
a brother, Byron and three sisters, Joan, Jean, and Carol.
Charles grew up in Aberdeen, and attended elementary and high
school there. Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Specialist 4th Class Charles Milbrandt enlisted in the Army
on April 19, 1966. He completed basic training and automotive
mechanics at Ford Leonard Wood, Missouri. Sp 4 Milbrandt had
been stationed in Germany, when he volunteered to go to Vietnam.
He received his general education development (GED) certificate
during his tour of duty in Germany. Milbrandt arrived in Vietnam
on August 10, 1966, and was assigned to C Troop, 3rd Squad, 4th
Calvary Regiment, 25th Infantry Division as an armoned personnel
carrier driver, and crew-served weapons specialist.
Army Sp 4 Charles John Milbrandt was killed in action on May
13, 1967, when his platoon came under attack by enemy artillery
and mortar fire. At the time of his death, Sp 4 Milbrandt was
manning a machine gun on the defensive perimeter, and was
mortally wounded by enemy mortar fire. His commander stated the
Specialist 4 Milbrandt stayed with his weapon through the
imminent danger, trying to observe and slow the expected ground
attack. For this gallant action Sp 4 Milbrandt was posthumously
awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. Sp 4 Charles John Milbrandt
was also awarded the Bronze Star with “V” Device for valor, the
Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Gallantry
Cross with Palm (Vietnamese), the Defense Service Medal, the
Expert Rifle Badge, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Sp. 4 Charles John Milbrandt was buried at Sunset Memorial
Gardens in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The Charles John Milbrandt
Army Reserve Center in Aberdeen was named for him. Specialist
4th Class Charles John Milbrandt’s name can be found on panel
19E, line 110 of the Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Kori Lee Nutter, 7th Grade, Stanley County Middle School,
Fort Pierre, South Dakota, March 1st, 2005 respectfully
submitted this entry. Mr. and Mrs.Lloyd Milbrandt, Aberdeen,
South Dakota, parents of Sp 4 Charles John Milbrandt, provided
information for this entry