Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0382

Robert W. Brede (1943-1967) – Honored in Virtual Vietnam Project

SP4 Robert W. Brede’s remains rest in the Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria, Minnesota. You can see his bronze marker and headstone HERE at the Findagrave website.  His parents, Gustave and Alma (Rieck) Brede,  are also buried at Kinkead.

Robert “Bob”  W. Brede was born in Todd County, but moved to Alexandria during his childhood and graduated from Jefferson Senior High in 1963.  Bob died November 16, 1967 in Vietnam, and except for his classmates, friends and family members, the memory of Bob has faded with time.  This Virtual Wall webpage for Robert W. Brede includes some information about him.  Bob is honored on Panel 29E, Row 104 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

In February of 2017, a teacher in Austin, Texas named Mrs. Robins gave her English III Advanced Placement classes an assignment. The English teacher selected names from the Vietnam Memorial Wall and assigned Robert W. Brede’s name to student Lillian Sun.

Photo: This is a newspaper clipping of Bodie(4A75) and Bob Brede. They served with CTT#2 attached to the 25th Inf. Div. and were both KIA.  (Photo Credit: Don Hendricks) vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/5491/ROBERT-W-BREDE

Using information from Robert W. Brede’s military records, Lillian contacted the Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria to find information for her research assignment. With the help of DCHS researchers, a local Douglas County Vietnam Veteran’s group, and contact with Robert W. Brede’s family, Lillian gathered photos, interviews, and local information.  She then created a video presentation, honoring Robert W. Brede’s service to our Country and shared his story.

The video is available on Youtube (see below) for a short time, then added to the Westlake High School’s Virtual Vietnam Project website.  To see the names, click on the alphabet at the top of the webpage.

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There were several servicemen from Alexandria and surrounding towns in Douglas County, such as Garfield and Carlos, who also were casualties of the Vietnam War.  All Minnesota casualties have been listed HERE.