Broach, Leo Densel, LT

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

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by James Marshall Cuthbertson, Jr. (Cut), AMS1 to remember Broach, Leo Densel, LT.

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Home Town
Last Address
Brandon, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 1951
Location of Interment
Brandon Cemetery - Brandon, Mississippi
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Leo D. Broach, Lieutenant
USNR, World War II
Born November 24, 1922
Died February 14, 1951
Buried in Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Mississippi
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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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  1944-1945, 131X, VB-13

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14 Members Also There at Same Time

Holmstrom, Carl Berman Adrien, LCDR, (1935-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Bonar, Milton John, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Finrow, John Henry, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Weber, Rupert John, LT, (1939-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Barnett, Marshall David, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
McPhie, Donald Alma, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Norek, Thomas George, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Borja, Henry Edward, PO1, (1941-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brooks, Walter J., PO1, (1938-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Chandler, Robert David, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hatt, James Lawrence, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Loenthal, Albert David, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pickens, Leonard, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Steele, Harry Joseph, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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