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

B. November 5, 1925 in 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 F. Brockman, Sr. born December 28, 1898; married Bernice Dohra on January 18, 1924 in Indiana; William died April 1964 (See section pertaining to William Brockman, Sr. buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Mother: Bernice J. (Dohra) Brockman born about 1910 in Illinois; in 2001 lived in Broadview, Cook County, IL
  • Siblings:
    • Caroline (Brockman) Fogo born about 1926 in Illinois
    • Beatrice Alice (Brockman) Brown (aka Beatrice Gorbach) born September 18, 1931, Chicago, Cook County, IL; last residence in Richmond, Wayne County, IN; Beatrice died January 8, 2004; 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

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 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:
William F. Brockman. Jr., enlisted July 31, 1944, honorable discharged August 16, 1946, grade: P.F.C., 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. Cemetery official: Barney Vogt (Fort Hill cem.), COA 1st Inf Bn, 30th Inf. Regt, 3rd Inf. Div, U.S. Army, born November 5, 1925, died June 12, 1959, applicant: Caroline Fogo, sister