Broach, Leo Densel, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary 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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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)



SB2C-3 Helldiver




USS Franklin CV-13

 

   
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Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
Around 08:00 on 24 October, the Center Force was spotted entering the Sibuyan Sea and attacked by VF-20 squadron F6F-5 Hellcat fighters, VB-20 SB2C-3 Helldiver dive bombers, and VT-20 Avenger torpedo bombers from USS Enterprise of Halsey's 3rd Fleet. Despite its great strength, 3rd Fleet was not well-placed to deal with the threat. On 22 October, Halsey had detached two of his carrier groups to the fleet base at Ulithi to provision and rearm. When Darter 's contact report came in, Halsey recalled Davison's group, but allowed Vice Admiral John S. McCain, with the strongest of TF 38's carrier groups, to continue towards Ulithi. Halsey finally recalled McCain on 24 October—but the delay meant the most powerful American carrier group played little part in the coming battle, and the 3rd Fleet was therefore effectively deprived of nearly 40% of its air strength for most of the engagement. On the morning of 24 October, only three groups were available to strike Kurita's force, and the one best positioned to do so—Gerald F. Bogan's Task Group 38.2 (TG 38.2)—was by mischance the weakest of the groups, containing only one large carrier—USS Intrepid—and two light carriers (the failure to promptly recall McCain on 23 October had also effectively deprived 3rd Fleet, throughout the battle, of four of its six heavy cruisers).
   
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1944
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1944
 
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