Murphy High School

Class of 1961


Welcome to the Class of 1961 website!  Our class was the largest ever to graduate from Murphy High School, 1,149.

This site will help you keep up with classmates, see photos of reunions, current luncheons and recent class parties.  Please continue to visit the website; also, tell other classmates that you know about it.  Send any corrections or updates to us via the "Contact Us" page for the next printing of the class directory, when we celebrate our 50th Reunion in 2011!


John "Bubba"  BREWTON attended elementary and Junior High School in Mobile, entering Murphy High School in 1958. Before graduation in 1961 he had served as President of his Fraternity, Phi Sigma Chi, had written for the school newspaper, and was a Letter winner in track and cross country.


Now eighteen, he entered the University of Alabama in 1961. While there he continued his active pursuit of extracurricular activities. He joined the Debate Club, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and the Young Republican Club; John was a member of the Cross Country Track Team, and, for four years he was a Cheer Leader for the Crimson Tide Football Team. He graduated with the class of 1966.


John enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966. He was accepted as an Officer Candidate, receiving his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in April of 1967. John had been an avid skin diver in college, and this interest led him to volunteer for UDT and later for SEAL Team Training. In late 1969, following arduous training and a promotion, Lieutenant junior grade BREWTON was serving as Platoon Officer of a SEAL team, in combat against Communist forces in South Vietnam. On 24 November 1969 Lieutenant (jg) BREWTON led his platoon in fierce action against a numerically superior enemy force. Despite suffering painful arm and back wounds, he directed the disposition of his forces, and refused medical treatment for himself until all of his men had been tended. After receiving an additional wound, he continued to direct helicopter attacks against the enemy position from a forward vantage point.
After the action, Lieutenant (jg) BREWTON was evacuated to a Saigon field hospital for treatment. Despite a courageous fight for life, he succumbed to his wounds on 11 January 1970.


As a result of the action which led to his death, Lieutenant (jg) BREWTON was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant and awarded the Silver Star for "valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit in the face of grave enemy opposition and serious personal injuries." He also earned the Bronze Star with one gold star and Combat "V"; the Purple Heart with one gold star; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Vietnam Service Ribbon with three bronze stars, and; the National Defense Service Medal. In addition, Lieutenant BREWTON was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.












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2014 Murphy Hall of Fame Inductee

John (Bubba) Brewton


Bubba Brewton, 1961 Murphy graduate, was a posthumous inductee in the Murphy Hall Of Fame in a ceremony on April 27, 2014, at Murphy High School.  He was a U.S. Navy seal, wounded in action, died, and a U.S. destroyer was named in his honor, the USS Brewton.  Brewton Family and '61 Murphy classmates attended the ceremony. Accepting the award was Bubba's twin brother H.E. Brewton, III.

20th Reunion 1981 Photos
30th Reunion 1991 Photos
35th Reunion 1996 Photos

Click here to see the Photos from the 47th Class Party

40th Reunion 2001 Photos
45th Reunion 2006 Photos
50th Reunion 2011

Click here to see the Photos from the 48th Class Party

Click here to see the Photos from the 50th Birthday Party

Women's Luncheons

Click here to see the Photos from the 60th Birthday Party

Men's Luncheons

Click here to see the Photos from the 70th Birthday Party

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