Brumfield, David W, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
767.60-Medical Supply Supervisor
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1959-1959, 767.60, Army DENTAC, Fort Hamilton, NY
Service Years
1936 - 1959
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Master Sergeant

Seven Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Texarkana, TX

Date of Passing
May 10, 1974
Location of Interment
Chapelwood Memorial Gardens - Wake Village, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II Army Retired-Soldier for Life Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

US Army Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Department of ArkansasNational SojournersVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  1938, American Legion, Department of Arkansas (Member) (Little Rock, Arkansas) - Chap. Page
  1938, National Sojourners
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1936, Basic Training Waived (ARNG Pre WWII)
 Unit Assignments
ARNG, ArkansasU.S. ArmyAMEDD Activity Fort Jackson, SCAMEDD Activity Fort Knox, KY
Army GarrisonsMedical Units12th Medical BattalionPrisoner of War
Surgical/Evacuation Hospital UnitsArmy DENTAC, Fort Sam Houston4107th Medical DetachmentGarrision Hospitals/Clinics
Army DENTAC, Fort Bliss, TXAMEDD Activity Fort Clayton, Panama34th General Hospital
  1936-1937, 521, National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit
  1937-1938, 858, (858) Medical Technician Training Course, Fort Sam Houston, TX
  1938-1940, 858, AMEDD Activity Fort Jackson, SC
  1938-1940, 858, AMEDD Activity Fort Knox, KY
  1940-1940, 858, HQ Troops, Camp Beauregard, LA
  1940-1940, 858, Cutler Army Hospital, Fort Devens
  1940-1942, 858, 12th Medical Regiment (PS)/HHC
  1941-1942, 858, A Company, 12th Medical Battalion
  1942-1945, Japanese POW
  1945-1945, 858, 82nd Evacuation Hospital
  1945-1946, 858, Army DENTAC, Fort Sam Houston
  1946-1947, 858, 4107th Medical Detachment
  1947-1948, 858, McCornack US Army Hospital, Pasadena, CA
  1948-1950, 1858, Army DENTAC, Fort Bliss, TX
  1950-1953, 3590, AMEDD Activity Fort Clayton, Panama
  1953-1954, 3506, AMEDD Activity Fort Bragg, NC
  1954-1956, 767.60, AMEDD Activity Fort Knox, KY
  1956-1959, 767.60, 34th General Hospital
  1959-1959, 767.60, Army DENTAC, Fort Hamilton, NY
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corregidor
  1941-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

My father died from an auto accident 10 May 1974.  He was a very stern man and did not ever talk about his time as a POW.  I can tell you that the one thing he would not ever eat.....rice. Go figure!  Now I completely understand.  A few memories passed on to me by my mother was his weight was about 90lbs. when he was liberated. He had to be carried/carted out of the Bilibad Prison in Manila, Philippines.  He spent the majority of his captivity in camp #1, which was Cabanatuan. One time he asked the guards if he could go outside the fence and pick some mushrooms that were growing.  He had no idea if they were poison or not.  The guard let him outside and he picked the mushrooms and they were put in the rice they were eating.  Lucky for them, they were not poison. 

I was hoping that with my return from Vietnam in 1969, I would be able to talk with my dad and he would open up about his time as a POW.  Since I lived on the westcoast and he was in Texas, our seeing each other was far and in between.  Unfortuniately, we just were not able to get together before his unexpected death in 1974. 

Other Comments:
It has been a pleasure to go through my fathers items regarding his military career.  I have just finished going through 4 volumns of papers that he saved.  He saved a copy of all correspondence that he had....outbound or inbound, all orders, etc.  This definitely help me in putting together his unit history along with the help of TWS Historian Roger (Rowdy) Gaines. I finally came across my father's resume that he was using to obtain employment after his final retirement in 1959.  This resume had all the exact dates of each unit assignments along with other explanations.
I was always puzzled with all the Official Retirements and then the Reenlistments.  There were documents written by him along with other Officer's who supported his request for a promotion to Lieutenant. He had reached his limit as Master Sergeant in his field.  He was performing the duties of an Officer at the rank of MSGT.  I did not realize that one could only go so far in a particular field as correspondence indicated.  It was in 1950, when he retired and reenlisted, his orders were for Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, Panama.  He was able to reenlisted as a  Warrant Officer, Jurior Grade (WOJG).  He performed his duties at the Canal Zone and after Panama was transferred to Fort Bragg, N Carolina, in 1953 until 1954, performing his duties as a WOJG.  He then retired and reenlisted in 1954 for a duty station at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  I did not understand why he didn't continued in the rank of WOJG, but instead, came back at the rank of Master Sergeant.  I now know this is because this duty station did not have a position for WOJG and only for a MSGT.  He was stilll in a command position, but just not as a Officer.  After Fort Knox, he reenlisted for a positon at Maison Forte, Orleans, France, as a MSGT since a position was not available for WOJG.  He retired in 1959 as a Chief Warrant Officer II (CWO II).

Another detail that I uncovered was that my father attended the Citizens Military Training Camp (CMTC) located at Camp Pike, Arkansas in 1935 and 1936.  The following is an excerpt from the "Arkansas National Guard Museum" website:

"Citizens Military Training Camps (CMTC) were conducted in the 1930s by the War Department under the authority of the National Defense Act. A CMTC was located at Camp Pike. There were four courses of instruction: BASIC, RED, WHITE and BLUE. Each course lasted 30 days and only one course could be taken in any calendar year. No obligation for further service in any component of the Army of the United States was incurred by attending any of the courses. Graduates could apply for a commission in the Guard or Army Reserves. President Harry S. Truman, then a Colonel in the Reserves, served as Camp Commander of the Camp Pike CMTC from August 17th to August 30th, 1933."

After his last summer in 1936 at CMTC, Camp Pike, he enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard, 153rd Infantry.  He would now received official training in the US Army.  In 1937, at Camp Pike (later became Camp Robinson), he enlisted in the regular Army, Medical Department and was sent to Fort Sam Houston for his medical training.
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