Veterans' Memorial Project

Robert Brooks

Chicago, IL

World War II

College: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduation Year: Attended 1940

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Captain

Date of Birth: 11/04/1919

Date of Death: 03/15/1945

Captain Brooks served with the 6th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division. He was killed when his vehicle struck a German land mine in northern Italy. A veteran of 18 months service in the South Pacific, Captain Brooks served for a time as instructor in the Armored Infantry School at Ft. Knox, Kentucky before going to Italy early in 1945. He is buried at Plot G Row 10 Grave 31 at Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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

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