May 23, 2015
D Company
310th Infantry Regiment
78th Infantry Division


Stuart Brandow and I share a moment after the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Ardennes and Henri Chapelle American Cemeteries in Belgium

Stuart T. Brandow was born on May 27, 1924 in Leeds, Green County, New York, to Barney J.  (1901-1967) and Agnes K. Brandow (1903-…).

Stuart "Stu" Brandow entered the service on July 22, 1943 at Camp Upton, New York. He took some of his basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama before he was a student at Norwich University in the Army Specialized Training Program. He was initially assigned to become a pilot bombardier, however, with need for reinforcements due to high casualty rate, he was reassigned for specialized training as a machine-gunner. Stuart Brandow was assigned to the 78th Infantry Division, 310th Infantry Regiment, D Company at Camp Pickett, Virginia, on April 17, 1944.
It was Thanksgiving Day 1944 when Brandow crossed the English Channel to Le Havre, France to take part in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO). Stu and his fellow members of the 310th Regiment moved into the combat area of Lammersdorf and took over a mile of the Siegfried Line during fierce fighting. His Regiment gained control of the Bridge at Remagen and was in continuous combat for 128 days, crossing the Roer and Rhine rivers before beginning the occupation of Germany.

Stuart Brandow received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Army of Occupation Medal, World War Two Victory Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation and two Certificates of Merit for combat in action.

After the War, he married Elizabeth Vasil in January, 1949 and they have two children, Roland and Barbara. Stuart, now 91 and a retired school custodian is still living in his hometown Woodbridge.

Stuart's New York Guard Service Cards

Source: Operations, Inc., 2015.