#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Peter Brusyo Jr.


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Peter Brusyo Jr.

Peter enlisted in the Army in 1965.

He was original assigned Heavy Weapons, but was later assigned to Light Infantry.

He served overseas, including assignment in Korea and a tour in Vietnam.

On May 29, 1966, he was returning from a “search and destroy” mission after being out in the jungle for more than a week.  He was in Phu Loi when his platoon was ambushed.  He was shot in the back of the head and the hip, and shrapnel from a nearby grenade struck his arm.  Medic PFC Lyle D. Holloway lost his life while trying to save Peter’s.  Peter made it out alive and was evacuated, and went on to spend 5 months at 249th General Hospital in Asaka, Japan to recover.

He was honorably discharged in 1969.

Today, Peter rests in Arlington National Cemetery.

We honor his service.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.