Veterans' Memorial Project

John David Broleen

Pontiac, IL

World War II

College: Medicine

Graduation Year: Attended 1941/Chicago Pharmacy

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Aviation Ordnanceman, Second Class

Date of Birth: 09/09/1923

Date of Death: 01/04/1945

AOM2-c Broleen served with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was killed in action on January 4, 1945, while serving on the USS Ommaney Bay, as Escort Carrier. The carrier was attacked and destroyed by a Japanese suicide plane. Ninety-five Navy men were lost. Ordnanceman Broleen is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, November, 1945, Web site above and public records

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