|Recent Address:||44277 Blueberry Lane, California, MD 20619-4060|
|Family Info:||Parents: Thurman and Ruby; Wife: Margaret (deceased), Agnes (wife)|
|Date Entered Service:||November 20, 1943|
|Location of Unit:||Tinian; July 1945|
|Targets:||Kawanishi Aircraft Plant at Takarazuka, city of Saga, Hikari Naval Arsenal and Power Display Mission over Tokyo on Sept. 2, 1945|
|Awards:||Distinguished Unit Citation, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars|
|Service Schools:||CTD Kent State Univ., Kent, OH Jan-Apr 1944; Navigation School, Selman Field, Monroe, LA Sep-Dec 1944|
|Rank Upon Discharge:||1st Lt|
|Crew Type:||Flight crew|
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|Date Transferred from the 58th:||October 10, 1945|
|Date Discharged:||June 18, 1946|
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|Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s):||Student until Feb 1951 -- DePauw Univ. BA degree 1949 and Purdue Univ. BS degree, C.E. 1951; Structural Engineer from 1951 to retirement|
|Thoughts About the 58th:||
While I would not want to go through it again and I hope that my grandchildren never have to go to war, it was a truly wonderful experience to be a part of the effort to win WWII. I was only 19 years old and yet had very great responsibility. It was a very maturing experience. I would not trade it for anything. I am proud to have served my country -- I hope well.
It also enabled me to receive five full school years in college through the GI Bill of Rights.
I was part of a very good crew: (photo below) Back Row (L to R) Flight Engineer, Harold Hartman; Radio Operator, Vincent Yanuchi; CFC Gunner, Gordon D. Clark; Gunner, Bobby Fowler; Gunner, Floyd Eckman; Tail Gunner, Karr Roe; Front Row (L to R) Bombardier, Paul V. Callahan; Pilot, Julian Jensen; Aircraft Commander John W. Woolsey; Navigator, Brooks Rice; Radar, Robert McLane.
Mr. Brooks passed away April 12, 2013 and is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
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