William Herman Brockman, Jr., USN

Born  18 Nov 1904Baltimore, Maryland


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Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

4 Jun 1942 Navy Cross (1)
Jun/Jul 42 Navy Cross (1)
Dec/Jan 43 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for William Herman Brockman, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Nautilus (168)Lt.Cdr.Submarine3 Mar 194226 Aug 1943
USS Haddock (231)Lt.Cdr.Submarine7 Feb 194527 Mar 1945

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Nautilus (168)


21 Apr 1942
With her extensive refit at the Mare Island Navy yard completed (this refit lasted from 15 July 1941 to 20 April 1942) USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. William Herman Brockman, jr.) departed from San Francisco bound for Pearl Harbor.

28 Apr 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

24 May 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor to take part in the defence of Midway. She was ordered to patrol north-west of Midway.

4 Jun 1942 (position 30.20, -179.17)
During the battle of Midway USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) escaped strafing from Japanese planes, then escaped depth charges from Japanese warships, managed to move into a attack position and hit the burning hull of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga (offsite link) with one torpedo (that fails to explode) in position 30°20'N, 179°17'W and once again she managed to escape unscathed.

7 Jun 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Midway to take on provisions.

7 Jun 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Midway for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu, Japan.

25 Jun 1942 (position 34.34, 140.26)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Yamakaze (1685 tons, offsite link) south-east of Yokosuka, Japan in position 34°34'N, 140°26'E.

27 Jun 1942 (position 34.38, 140.08)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Musashi Maru (227 GRT) east of Nojimazaki, Japan in position 34°38'N, 140°08'E.

28 Jun 1942 (position 34.34, 140.13)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) is damaged by depth charges off Honshu, Japan in position 34°34'N, 140°13'E. She is forced to terminate her patrol.

11 Jul 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

8 Aug 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol together with USS Argonaut. They were to transport and land marine commandos on Makin in the Gilbert Islands. The convoy arrived off Makin on 16 August; and at 0330hours the next day, the marines began landing. Their rubber rafts were swamped by the sea and most of the outboard motors drowned. The Japanese either forewarned or extraordinarily alert because of the activity on Guadalcanal-gave the Americans a warm reception. Snipers were hidden in the trees and the landing beaches were in front of the Japanese forces instead of behind them as planned. By midnight of 10 August, all but 30 of the troops had been recovered. Both submarines arrived back at Pearl Harbor on 26 August 1942.

15 Sep 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

29 Sep 1942 (position 40.35, 141.50)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant cargo ship Tamon Maru No.6 (4994 GRT, former Greek Pleiades) east of Japan in position 40°35'N, 141°50'N.

1 Oct 1942 (position 41.20, 141.35)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tosei Maru (2432 GRT) east of Shiriyazaki, Japan in position 41°20'N, 141°35'E.

12 Oct 1942 (position 41.05, 141.58)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) is damaged by depth charges off northern Honshu, Japan in position 41°05'N, 141°58'E. She is however able to continue her patrol.

24 Oct 1942 (position 41.24, 141.50)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kenun Maru (4673 GRT) about 20 nautical miles east of Shiriya Zaki, off northern tip of Honshu, Japan in position 41°24'N, 141°50'E.

25 Oct 1942 (position 41.45, 145.32)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire east of Honshu, Japan in position 41°45'N, 145°32'E.

31 Oct 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Midway to perform some much needed repairs. She later continues on to Pearl Harbor.

13 Dec 1942
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Solomon Islands.

1 Jan 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) evacuates 32 civilians (including 3 children) from Teop Island, Solomon Islands.

9 Jan 1943 (position -6.13, 156.00)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Yoshinogawa Maru (1422 GRT) east of Kieta, Bougainville, Solomon Islands in position 06°13'S, 156°00'E.

19 Jan 1943 (position -5.55, 156.20)
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese destroyer Akizuki (offsite link) in position 05°55'S, 156°20'E.

4 Feb 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia. She disembarks her passengers and later heads towards Pearl Harbor.

15 Apr 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

20 Apr 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Dutch Harbour, Alsaka.

27 Apr 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) arrived at Dutch Harbour.

1 May 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) departed from Dutch Harbour bound for Attu. Aboard were 109 Scouts to be landed at Attu.

11 May 1943
USS Nautilus (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Brockman) lands the scouts at Attu five hours before the main assault.

25 May 1943
USS Nautilus commences a refit at the Mare Island Navy Yard.

17 Aug 1943
USS Nautilus ended her refit at the Mare Island Navy Yard. She proceeded to Pearl Harbor.


Submarine USS Haddock (231)


14 Mar 1945
USS Haddock (Cdr. W.H. Brockman, Jr.) ended her 11th war patrol at Guam.

Haddocks 12th and 13th war patrol were uneventful and she ended her 13th and last war patrol at Pearl Harbor on 22 August 1945.


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