Broms, Edward James, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1968, USS Intrepid (CVA-11)
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel W50 Line 41

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2011, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)VA-66 WaldomenUSS Intrepid (CVA-11)
  1961-1965, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1966-1968, 131X, VA-66 Waldomen
  1966-1968, USS Intrepid (CVA-11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Operation Rolling Thunder
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1961-1965, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

LTJG Brom's unit assignment was that of pilot with Attack Squadron 66, USS INTREPID (CVS 11) in the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 1, 1968, he was assigned the fourth position in a 4-plane daytime mission to strike Dong Dun, Ha Tiny Province, North Vietnam with the code-name of "Rolling Thunder". Broms and the four attack bomber aircraft rolled in on the target as planned However, during pullout, Broms was heard to transmit, "Puffs (flak) all around me." No other radio or visual contact was made with LTJG Broms and an extensive electronic and visual search was started. The search was called off with negative results and the opinion of the review board there was a low probabilty of survival.

When 591 American prisoners of war were released in 1973, Broms was not among them. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of him. Broms was listed as missing in action until 1975 when the government declared him dead, although his body had not been recovered.

The family vigil began early and continued with the family until September 2011.

In 1993, remains an aircraft and of missing Americans were found at a crash site in Vietnam, but due to limits of DNA testing, the remains were not identified.

In 1995, Broms, mother, June Broms McCaskey, was notified that, based on evidence found at that scene, her son had been killed in action. "I believed after reading the report, that was what happened," Marjorie Waddell, Broms' sister, said at the time.However, positive identification of Broms' remains were still not determined until September 12, 2011 - after improvements in DNA testing and 36 years after his plane went down.
Waddell said plans for a burial would be made at a later date.

Almost a year later, The Official DoD Announcement of the return of his remains to the family for funeral and burial with full Military Honors was issued. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery on September 7, 2012.

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