Andre Walker Brewster was born on December 9, 1862 in Hoboken, New Jersey, during the American Civil War. He was commissioned in the Army in January 1885 into the Tenth Infantry. He served in "frontier duty" and the Spanish–American War.
For his actions during the Boxer Rebellion on July 13, 1900 in Tientsin, China, while a Captain with the 9th U.S Infantry, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 15, 1903. Brewster was a member of the Military Order of the Dragon, a military society of officers who served in the China Relief Expedition.
During World War I, from June 1917 to September 1919, he served in France as Inspector General of General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force (AEF).
Brewster's last command was the I Corps area in Boston, Massachusetts. He retired in 1925 with the rank of major general.
Brewster died on March 27, 1942 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia. His grave is located in section 2, lot 1130.
In World War II, the United States Navy transport ship General A. W. Brewster was named in Brewster’s honor. The ship was also active in the Korean War, earning five battle stars for her service in that conflict.Medal of Honor
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Indian Campaign Medal
Spanish Campaign Medal
China Campaign Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal
Mexican Border Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal
Rank and organization: Captain, 9th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Tientsin, China, July 13, 1900. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Hoboken, N.J. Date of issue: September 15, 1903.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain (Infantry) Andre Walker Brewster, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 13 July 1900, while serving with the 9th Infantry at Tientsin, China. While under fire Captain Brewster rescued two of his men from drowning.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Andre Walker Brewster, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Brewster organized and administered with marked ability the Inspector General's Department of the American Expeditionary Forces, and his soldierly characteristics and unceasing labors influenced greatly the attainment of efficiency in the American Army in France.
War Department, General Orders No. 12 (1919) 2nd Lieutenant - 19 January 1885
1st Lieutenant - 17 December 1891
Captain, Assistant Quartermaster, Volunteers - 15 October 1898
Captain - 2 March 1899
Discharged from Volunteers - 12 May 1899
Major - 15 March 1908
Lieutenant Colonel - 2 December 1913
Colonel - 1 July 1916
Brigadier General, National Army - 5 August 1917
Major General, National Army - 28 November 1917
Brigadier General, Regular Army - 8 January 1920
Discharged from National Army - 28 February 1920
Major General, Regular Army - 1 December 1922
Major General, Retired List - 9 December 1925