Brubaker, Brooks James, Jr., Pvt

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Last Primary MOS
762-Airplane Engine Repairman
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1941, 762, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1940 - 1941

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Home Town
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Hickam Field, Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
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WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Martinsburg, Pennsylvania
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US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1940-1941, 762, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
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  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
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Brooks James Brubaker. Jr, aged 20, a ground mechanic at Hickam fuel, near Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, was killed in action during the Japanese blitz on Sunday morning according to a war department telegram received buy his mother this morning.

Young Brubaker, who had been in Hawaii for nearly two years, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks J. Brubaker, Sr., of 554 Fourth Ave., Lakemont. He is Altoona's first reported casualty in World War II.

The announcement was made in a form telegram delivered to Mrs. Brubaker this morning. It reported that the body could not be returned to the United States for burial by the family until the end of the war.

Private Brubaker enlisted in the army on Feb. 14, 1940 at Altoona and sailed April 9, 1940 from Brooklyn for Hawaii, where he landed May 7, 1940, according to his mother. He had not been home on leave since his departure. He was a member of the 22nd material squadron.

He was a graduate of the Altoona High School class of 1939, where he majored in a general course. He was secretary of his home room and engaged in several extra-curricular activities.

He is survived by his mother and father, three brothers, Bryon, Warren and Donald, all at home; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brubaker of Duncansville, RD and a great-grandmother, Mrs. Susan Detwiler of Williamsburg RD.

Private Brubaker was a Boy Scout, member of Troop No. 19 of Lakemont and later became a Sea Scout. He later joined the naval reserve in Altoona, from which he was honorably discharged to enlist in the United States Army.

Altoona Mirror: 12/10/1941 pp. 1 & 15.
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