William Frederick Brockman, Jr. gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. November 5, 1925 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
M. Army Veteran (July 31, 1944 – August 16, 1946); Private 1st Class; medals: Purple Heart, EAMET Ribbon, Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Citation, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, Croix De Guerre with Palm Leaf, WW II Victory Ribbon; COA 1st Infantry Bn, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division
D. June 12, 1959
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  • Father: William Henry Brockman, Sr. born December 28, 1898 in Illinois, son of Friedrich “Fred” Brockmann (1857-1921) and Caroline “Lena” (Peters) Brockmann (1864-bef. 1921) ; married Bernice J. Dohra on January 18, 1924 in Indiana; William died April 1964 (See section pertaining to William Henry Brockman, Sr. buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Mother: Bernice J. (Dohra) Brockman born about 1910 in Illinois; Bernice died before 1964
  • Siblings:
    • Caroline (Brockman) Fogo born December 3, 1929 in Cook County, IL
    • Beatrice Alice (Brockman) (Brown) Gorbach born September 18, 1931, Chicago, Cook County, IL; married (1) Chester M. Brown on March 7, 1952 in Cook County, IL; married (2) unknown Gorbach about 1980; Beatrice died January 8, 2004; Last residence in Richmond, Wayne County, IN; According to the U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007:

“Name: Beatrice Alice Brockman (Beatrice Alice Brown) (Beatrice Gorbach); Gender: Female; Race: White; Birth Date: 18 Sep 1931; Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois; Death Date: 8 Jan 2004; Father: William F Brockman; Mother: Bernice J. Dohra; SSN: 348260664; Notes: Dec 1949: Name listed as BEATRICE ALICE BROCKMAN; Mar 1952: Name listed as BEATRICE ALICE BROWN; 13 Aug 1980: Name listed as BEATRICE A GORBACH”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Sunday, January 18, 2004, page 4-7:

GORBACH, BEATRICE A. – Beatrice A. Brown Gorbach, nee Brockman, age 72, died January 8, 2004, loving mother of Patricia (Scott); beloved grandmother of Jonathon; fond sister of Caroline and Freddy; aunt of Elizabeth, Kenneth and Terry; dearest friend of Anne; survived by her trusted cat Socks. Longtime volunteer at Stroggers Hospital in Chicago where she met many cherished, lifetime friends.  Services and interment private.  Donations to the Arthritis Foundation, 303 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601.”

    • Frederick “Freddy” Brockman born about 1939 in Illinois

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 2325 So. Albany Ave., the household members were: William Brockman, head, age 31, married at age 25, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany, occupation: laborer – factory; Bernice Brockman, wife, age 20, married at age 15, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; William Brockman, son, age 4 4/12, single, born in Illinois; Caroline Brockman, daughter, age 4/12, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL, living at 2133 W. North Ave, the household members were: William Brockman, head, age 41, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: laborer – paint manuf.; Berniece Brockman, wife, age 31, married,highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois,lived in same place in 1940; William Brockman Jr, son, age 15, single, highest grade completed: 7, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Caroline Brockman, daughter, age 10, single, highest grade completed: 4; born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Beatrice Brockman, daughter, age 8, single, highest grade completed: 3, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Frederick Brockman, son, age 10/12, single, born in Illinois.

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: William Frederick Brockman, Jr.; Place of Residence: Highmore Drive, Round Lake, Lake County, Illinois; Mailing Address: Round Lake, Illinois; Telephone: (blank( Age in Years: 18; Date of Birth: November 5, 1925; Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Wm. F. Brock. Sr. (Father), Round Lake, Lake, Illinois; Employer’s Name and Address: Unemployed; Race: White; Height: 5′ 5″; Weight: 147; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Dark; Signed: November 5, 1943”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Sunday, June 14, 1959, page 86:

“BROCKMAN – William F. Brockman Jr., of Round Lake, Ill., dear son of William F.; fond brother of Caroline Fogo, Beatrice Brown, and Fredrick.  Services Monday, 3 p.m., at MacGillis funeral home, Round Lake, Ill.  Interment Fort Hill cemetery.”

According to the U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans 1925-1963:

“Name of Deceased: Brockman, Wkilliam F. Jr.; Enlistment date: July 31, 1944; Discharge Date: August 16, 1946; Service No.: 36 907 757; State: Illinois; Grade: P.F.C. Medals: Purple Heart, EAMET Ribbon; Bronze Star Medal; Distinguished Unit Citation; Good Conduct Ribbons; American Theatre Ribbon; Croix De Guerre with Palm Leaf; WWII Victory Ribbon; Branch of Service: COA. 1st Inf. Bn. 30th Inf. Regt. 3rd Inf. Div., US Army; Date of Birth: November 5, 1925; Date of Death: June 12, 1959; Emblem: Christian; Check Type Required: Flat Granite Marker; Ship to: J. S. Warner & Sons; Freight Station: Dundee Ill; Name and Location of Cemetery: Fort Hill, Rt. 120, Round Lake, Ill; Signature: Arthur E. Evans; Date: 9-12-59; Name and Address of Applicant: Caroline Fogo (sister); Signature and title of superintendent, sexton, or other cemetery official: Barney Vogt (Fort Hill Cem)”