Brockman, Earl Edward, ENS

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Zellars (DD-777)
Service Years
1932 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Delano, CA
Last Address
33 Barton Mill Rd
Uniontown, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
North Kern Cemetery - Delano, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
American Legion Plot

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US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesUSS Zellars (DD-777)
  1938-1941, FC-0000, USS Mugford (DD-389)
  1941-1942, FC-0000, (FC) Fire Controlman C School
  1942-1942, FC-0000, USS Whitney (AD-4)
  1942-1944, USS Mugford (DD-389)
  1944-1945, USS Zellars (DD-777)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 East Indies Campaign (1941-42)/Wake Island Raid
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1943-1943 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 25, 1939, Holiday at Anaheim1
  Feb 11, 1944, Commissioned as Ensign
  Dec 28, 1953, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Dec 13, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

After the 1 April 1945 amphibious assault on Okinawa, USS Zellars (DD-777) continued to screen the larger ships of TG 54.3 and provided call fire in support of the troops ashore. Her combat service, however, proved extremely short; less than a month, in fact. On the afternoon of 12 April, she was screening the battleship Tennessee when three Japanese "Jills" made a coordinated attack on her. They came at the destroyer's port quarter from an altitude of about 15 feet above water. Zellars rang up 25 knots to unmask all batteries and opened fire. She splashed the lead attacker at a range of 1,800 yards and caught the second some 3,000 yards away. The destroyer then shifted fire to the third intruder and began scoring 40-millimeter hits on him. The Japanese pilot, however, pressed home his attack and crashed into Zellar's port side, forward of the bridge in her number 2 handling room. His 500-kilogram bomb tore through several light bulkheads before exploding on the starboard side of the ship in the scullery. She temporarily lost all power, and the fireroom had to be secured. Meanwhile, the after 20-millimeter guns continued to ward off additional tormentors and assisted in splashing another plane. That evening, she limped into Kerama Retto with extensive damage.

ENS Brockman was killed in action. He was first buried on Zamami Island, Keramam Rhetto, Nanshi Soto. In 1949, his remains were returned to the United States for burial by his fmaily.
Service number: enlisted - 3756631   officer - 355494

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