Broach, Leo Densel, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 131X, VB-13
Service Years
- 1951
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Schlater
Last Address
Brandon, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 1951
 
Location of Interment
Brandon Cemetery - Brandon, Mississippi
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Last Known Activity
Leo D. Broach, Lieutenant
USNR, World War II
Born November 24, 1922
Died February 14, 1951
Buried in Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Mississippi
ADMIN NOTE: If you have further infomation on Leo, Feel free to contact me.


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Leo Densel Broach (NSN: 0-173735), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), attached to the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. In the face of continuous and intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy air opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Broach pressed home a determined dive bombing attack on a hostile aircraft carrier and, accurately releasing his bomb load at perilously low altitude, scored a direct hit which contributed to its sinking. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Broach contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0768 (January 4, 1945)

Action Date: 25-Oct-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Company: Bombing Squadron 13 (VB-13)

Division: U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)



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 Duty Stations
NAS WildwoodNAS Oceana, VAUSS Franklin (CV-13)VB-13
  1943-1944, 131X, NAS Wildwood
  1944-1944, 131X, NAS Oceana, VA
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Franklin (CV-13)
  1944-1945, 131X, VB-13
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle for Liberation of Manila
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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