Brooks, Thomas Perkins, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Concord, MA
Last Address
10 Belknap St
Concord, MA
(Mother~Edna M Brooks)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
At the Battle of Leyte Gulf about 7:30 AM The Japanese Fleet was sighted 30 miles east of USS Franklin's circling  bombers. There were four carries, the Zuikaku, Chitose, Zuiho, and the Chiyoda. Two battleships with flight decks, the Hyuga and Ise, steamed with them, surrounded by a dozen cruisers and destroyers. Hellcats from another air group hurried to the scene to cover Big Ben's airmen as they hurtled in. Seventeen enemy fighters were in the air over there carriers and they fought desperately to save them. An Avenger Piloted by Ens Thomas P. Brooks, Jr. with Aircrewman Harold J. Shane and Francis J. Ploger spun down to the seain a fatal water landing. But the bombers bored in and sank one of the carriers the Zuiho. 
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Year Awarded
1944
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Ensign Thomas Perkins Brooks, Jr. (NSN: 0-321264), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights as pilot of a carrier-based Torpedo Bomber plane on 4 August 1944, in the vicinity of the Bonin Islands in the Central Pacific. On this date, he took part in an aerial torpedo attack against enemy fleet units and merchant shipping. In the face of extremely intense and accurate naval anti-aircraft fire, he skillfully maneuvered his plane to a dangerously close range and obtained a direct hit with his torpedo upon a large Japanese cargo vessel, which was observed to sink shortly thereafter. His determination in pressing home this attack contributed materially to the destruction of many important enemy ships. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force, Pacific: Serial 0528 (September 7, 1944)
Action Date: August 4, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Air Sqaudron: Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13)
Ship: USS Franklin (CV-13)
2nd Award
Awarded for actions during the World War II
 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Thomas Perkins Brooks, Jr. (NSN: 0-321264), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier-based torpedo bomber plane on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands in the Central Pacific. On this date, he took part in a three plane mast head bombing attack against a large Japanese fleet oiler. In spite of enemy fighter opposition, and in the face of extremely intense and accurate shore and ship anti-aircraft fire, he obtained a damaging near miss, materially aiding his division in the sinking of this ship. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 19, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Air Sqaudron: Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13)
Ship: USS Franklin (CV-13)
   
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 Duty Stations
VT-13USS Franklin (CV-13)
  1943-1944, 131X, VT-13
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Franklin (CV-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard University
  1941-1942, Harvard University1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  THE LAST FLIGHT
  Jul 16, 1942, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 0-321264
  Oct 16, 1943, Commissioned Ensign
  Oct 24, 1944, Declared Missing In Action later changed to death Date
  Oct 26, 1945, Originally Declared Dead
  Nov 19, 2017, General Photos
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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
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