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Andrew Thomas Brassfield
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Special Forces
Unit: CCN/MACV-SOG, 5th Special Forces Group
Birthday: 04 February 1937 (St. Louis MO)
Home City of Record: Sylvania OH
Date Lost: 06 April 1970
Country Lost: Laos
Status(in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
SSgt. Andrew T. Brassfield was assigned to MACV-SOG (Military
Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group). MACV-SOG was a
joint service high command unconventional warfare task force engaged in
highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 5th Special
Forces channeled personnel into MACV-SOG (although it was not a Special
Forces group) through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided
their "cover" while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed
deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction which
were called, depending on the time frame, "Shining Brass" or "Prairie Fire"

On April 6, 1970, SSgt. Brassfield was operating in Laos with a team known
as Reconnaissance Team Missouri on an intelligence gathering mission. The
team was operating about 5 miles inside Laos east of Muong Nong in
Savannakhet Province.

As the team stopped for a rest, it came under heavy enemy fire. In
attempting to gain better cover, Brassfield was fatally wounded. The
remaining team members were unable to recover his body because they had all
been injured and were unable to carry him while trying to break contact with
the enemy.  Brassfield was never found.
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