FORCE RECON Brockmeyer, Edward Peter

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Brockmeyer
  • FORENAME
Edward Peter
  • UNIT
Recon Company (HQ Bn,4 MarDiv)
  • RANK
Corporal
  • NUMBER
428435
  • DATE OF DEATH
17th February 1945
  • AGE
23
  • GRAVESITE
Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, Tablets of the Missing
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Severna Park, Maryland
born 24.09.1921 Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
father Richard Charles Brockmeyer (1888-1940)
mother Barbara Rose (nee Ulrich) Brockmeyer (1888-1954)
brother of Robert M. Brockmeyer, KIA 1.8.1943 as Shipfitter 2nd Class USN
WIA 1944 Saipan
award Silver Star (posthumous)
KIA Iwo Jima (attached UDT)
buried at sea
 

DATE OF DEATH:

17-Feb-1945

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/brockmeyer-edward-peter.47980/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Edward P. Brockmeyer (MCSN: 428435), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of the Marine Reconnaissance Team assigned to the Navy Underwater Demolition Team while serving with the Headquarters Battalion, FOURTH Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 17 February 1945, prior to invasion by our forces, When the enemy opened fire on his small craft as it maneuvered close inshore, setting the vessel afire and severely wounding several embarked Marines, Corporal Brockmeyer fearlessly risked his life in a valiant effort to rescue men from the blazing area and, working tirelessly and with superb courage, quickly removed the wounded to safety. Promptly organizing a fire-fighting brigade from the beach, he gallantly directed his men in bringing the fires under control, thereby preventing further damage to his craft or injury to his shipmates. Steadfast and calm, he immediately resumed his assigned duties despite the continued bombardment, gaining information on the disposition of hostile strong points of value to our forces in carrying out invasion operations two days later. Mortally wounded when a second artillery shell destroyed his craft shortly thereafter, Corporal Brockmeyer, by his daring initiative, aggressive determination and grave concern for the safety of others in the face of tremendous odds, contributed materially to the saving of many lives in the initial landings at Iwo and his zealous devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service, He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/42023

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56116350/edward-peter-brockmeyer
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