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Lowell D. Britt
Navy
Lowell
D.
Britt
DIVISION: Navy
Apr 15, 1923 - Mar 2, 1999
BIRTHPLACE: Manchester, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 4, 1944 -
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Mar 16, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Britt Families

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Biographical Comments: Lowell Dean Britt, DOB April 15, 1923, and DOD: March 2, 1999, WWII service 5/4/1944 to 3/16/1946 in Navy. He was also in the Army Air Force from 1946 to 1949. Dean Britt put together a testimonial of his life before his death in 1999. Not many dates are listed so it is necessary to provide estimates in some places in this biography of Dean. Dean grew up on a farm 3 miles west of Talmage, KS. His mother died when he was 15 years old in 1938. He was the youngest of 6 children of John and Myrtle Britt being born on April 15, 1923. I volunteered for the Navy (5/4/1944)'. (June 6, 1944 was D-Day in Germany on the beaches of Normandy.) 'I was sent to Great Lakes, Illinois for boot camp. and I was 22 years old.' 'From there I was shipped to Detroit, Michigan to serve as a Shore Patrolman on a Naval Base in the Detroit River called Gross Isle.' 'After 15 months of Shore Patrol (circa Sept. 1945).. I was sent to Little Creek, Virginia to train for LCM's-that's Landing Craft Mechanized.' (The Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Japan on August 6, 1945) 'After a couple months training I was sent to Cuba to finish out my time in the Navy.' (discharged March 16, 1946). (WWII ended on Sept. 2, 1945) 'Once out of the Navy, I found civilian life wasn't so great. Jobs were hard to find. So, I packed my bags and eased out into the night, heading to the nearest recruiting center and I signed up with the Air Force---at that time it was the Army Air Force.basic training at Kelly Field, Texas.As a Private First Class. I was sent to Red Bank, New Jersey to signal corps school, electronic training. I was ordered to go to Chanute Field, Illinois to school to learn to repair Turbo Super Chargers and air craft in general. I was sent on detached service form Kelly field to Roswell, New Mexico to check our turbo super chargers on B-29's. In the lineup of about 50 B-29's was the BOX CAR and ENOLA GAY, which were the 2 B-29's that bombed Japan. I was transferred back to Kelly Field to finish out my time. I tried to sign over for another enlistment, but they would not allow it because I was married and had dependents. 'I decided to go to Topeka Trade school in electronics for repairing TV's, radios, and stereos. Dean worked for 13 years at Sears and a local Topeka TV repair business doing TV repair. He moved to Boise, Idaho in 1962 and started his own business 'Gold Star' Television repair. Dean later returned to Kansas and passed away leaving a 2nd wife and 5 adult children

Kenneth Broadfoot
Navy
Kenneth
Broadfoot
DIVISION: Navy
SERVED: Feb 17, 1944 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundatiion
Stephen R. Brockhoff
Army
Stephen
R.
Brockhoff
DIVISION: Army,
Cavalry
Aug 25, 1923 - Aug 4, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Fairview, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 28, 1944 -
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Nov 22, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Maxine Brockhoff
John Brooks Jr.
Navy
John
Brooks
Jr.
DIVISION: Navy,
Underwater Demolition
Aug 17, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Riley, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Oct 1, 1942 -
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Feb 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife Wilma and Sons Ralph, Harold and Daniel Brooks

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I was there. D-Day at Normandy Beach-removing mines Philippine Islands-Okinawa-end of war I was a deep sea diver and helped raise the SS Normandy Pier 88, New York, New York.

Ralph H. Brosa
Army
Ralph
H.
Brosa
DIVISION: Army,
481ST AAA AW BN BTRY C
Nov 19, 1919 -
BIRTHPLACE: Puerto Rico
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 17, 1942 -
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Dec 18, 1945
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HONORED BY: Robert Brosa

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My Dad, 32 632 703, landed at Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944 and went through Northern France and the Rhineland attached to the 1st Army, 3rd Army and 9th Air Force. He served as a heavy machine gunner.

John R. Brown
Army
John
R.
Brown
DIVISION: Army,
Company B, Eighth Battalion
Dec 2, 1901 - Apr 1, 1967
BIRTHPLACE: Gatesville, TX
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Nov 17, 1942 -
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Feb 4, 1943
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Doris A. Hoover; grandchildren Kathy A. Renner, Judy KL Terry, Vicky M. Miller, Max R. Linder

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John, only son of John and Mary (Moore) Brown served his country in both World War I and World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 16 December 1920 during WWI. He was discharged on 27 July 1921 and went home to Texas to farm. Later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on 29 June 1922 at Camp Travis, Texas and served with the 2nd Signal Company, 2nd Division. Having married a Solomon, KS girl, he remained in Kansas after being discharged on 15 September 1922. After their divorce, he returned to Texas, where he worked as a plumbing salesman. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on 17 November 1942 at the age of 40. John was again discharged on 4 February 1943, having been assigned to Company B. Eighth Battalion, Texas Defense Guard, Waco, Texas. He was married to the former Edith Irene Palzer from Solomon, Kansas. They had four children, Reata, Charles, Irene, and Doris.

Dale A. Bruning
Army
Dale
A.
Bruning
DIVISION: Army,
Finance
Oct 31, 1930 -
BIRTHPLACE: Robinson, KS
SERVED: Jan 29, 1946 -
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Apr 23, 1947
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Herbert F. Brunton
Navy
Herbert
F.
Brunton
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD713)
Sep 25, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Cambridge, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
SERVED: Dec 4, 1944 -
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Jul 13, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children of Herb Brunton

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Herbert received a letter from James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy on July 27, 1946. Following are some excerpts from that letter. I want the Navy's pride in you, which it is my privilege to express, to reach into your civil life and to remain with you always. You have served in the greatest Navy in the world. It crushed two enemy fleets at once, receiving their surrenders only four months apart. It brought our land-based airpower within bombing range of the enemy, and set our ground armies on the beachheads of final victory. No other Navy at any time has done so much. For your part in these achievements you deserve to be proud as long as you live. The Nation which you served at a time of crisis will remember you with gratitude. He served in the Atlantic.

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