Van Seymour Brokaw
Captain, United States Army
courtesy of Roger Brokaw:
Van Seymour Brokaw
Van Seymour Brokaw became an engineer; served in World War One, in the 32nd Division of the 107th Engineers, and over seas, in Alsace; at Aise Marne, at Oise Aine and the Argonne, in France as a Master Sergeant, Sr. Grade.
After his discharge he was a civil engineer for the Transcontinental Railways. He did on location construction work, maintenance operations, track elevations, terminal layouts, and rail yard facility surveys. He also did concrete and steel bridges and highway construction along with general engineering.
He married, March 5, 1934, to Helen Imhoff, of Arlington Virginia, a daughter of Antone and Helen (Skirvan) Imhoff. They had no children.
Van Brokaw was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and was put in the Reserve Officers, defense unit, in 1941, in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
He was the Commanding Officer of the 108th Engineers of Chicago, Illinois; was a regular staff assistant of the division of engineers, of the Second Army Battalion Company Commander Air Corp Signals A.W., Air Base Group.
He was air Corp Base Training Commander at the 812th Engineers Battalion (A.V.H.) C.O. 904th Engineers of the Air Force Headquarters Company. Having been loaned to the A.T.C, he took that outfit overseas, in the African Campaigns, in World War II. His unit participated in the invasion of Italy, and the preparation for the French Invasion.
After the hostilities had ceased he was killed, in an aircraft accident, in the French Alps at Grenoble, on 29 Aug 1946.
Later his body was returned to the United States and was buried in Arlington Cemetery Virginia. Section 11 Grave Number 141.
During his life he had been an active member of the Chicago, “Red Arrow” club and helped to organize it. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and of the Scottish Rites, in Washington, D.C.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
BROKAW, HELEN WID OF BROKAW, VAN S
DATE OF DEATH: 09/11/1959
DATE OF INTERMENT: 09/15/1959
BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 141 NH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF VA BROKAW, CAPT CORPS OF ENGINEERS USA
BROKAW, VAN S