|William Herman Brockman, Jr.|
LCDR Brockman, November 1942
|Born||November 18, 1904|
|Died||January 2, 1979(aged 74)|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Place of death||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1922-1947|
USS Mallard (ASR-4)|
USS Nautilus (SS-168)
USS Cahaba (AO-82)
|Awards||Navy Cross (3)|
Brockman was born at Baltimore, Maryland. 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 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 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. Brockman died at Boca Raton, Florida, aged 74.
Admiral Brockman was a recipient of the Navy Cross with two Gold Stars, Silver Star, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
- Brockman, credited as the commander of the Nautilus, appeared in Camel cigarette advertising in 1955.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Naval History & Heritage Command document "Rear Admiral William H. Brockman, Jr., USN (Retired), (1904-1979)".
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