William Herman Brockman, Jr., was born at Baltimore, Maryland, on 18 November 1904.
Enlisting in the Naval Reserve in 1922, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy a year later and graduated from there in 1927. He specialized in submarines from 1929 onward and commanded the submarine rescue ship Mallard (ASR-4) in 1938-39. Lieutenant Commander Brockman was Commanding Officer of USS Nautilus (SS-168) during the June 1942 Battle of Midway and in subsequent operations, earning the Navy Cross with two gold stars for himself and the Presidential Unit Citation for his ship during this period.
After a year with the Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, Brockman was a Submarine Division commander from September 1944 to December 1945, receiving promotion to the rank of Captain in March 1945. He commanded USS Cahaba (AO-82) until February 1946, then served in Seventh Fleet and Navy headquarters staff positions until retiring in November 1947. Promoted to Rear Admiral upon retirement, Brockman was active in business for many years thereafter. He died at Boca Raton, Florida, on 2 January 1979.
BROCKMAN, WILLIAM H
- United States Navy
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/18/1904
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/01/1979
- BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 454-2
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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