Meet Medal of Honor Recipient Brian Miles Thacker
Brian Thacker graduated from Weber State University in 1969. He was drafted and commissioned as a First Lieutenant through the Army ROTC Program. After he was drafted, he was assigned to a tour in Germany. After the tour, Thacker was deployed to Vietnam in the fall of 1970, where he served with the 1st Battalion, 92nd Artillery.
In the spring of 1971, Thacker took charge of a six-man observation team. On March 31, they came under attack. Awoken by the sounds of gunshots, Thacker began to encourage his fellow soldiers to repulse and fight back to the enemy forces. He then occupied a very exposed area for 4 hours while defending air strikes and against enemy shots. Later in the afternoon, the situation became untenable, so, in a brave act, not caring at all about his safety, stayed inside the perimeter alone with his M-16 rifle to occupy the enemy forces while his soldiers escaped from the base. Then, in an act of supreme courage, he called for friendly artillery fire on his own position to allow his comrades more time to withdraw safely from the area.
For his bravery, President Richard Nixon awarded him the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 1973.
In April 2015, Mr. Thacker delivered a speech and interactive discussion at Weber State.
(Pictured is a classroom wall at the WSU Army ROTC annex that is dedicated to his service and courage).