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Brookfield, William

William L. Brookfield U.S. Army WWII
William L. Brookfield U.S. Army WWII


 
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Date of Birth: 2/8/1908
Died On: 5/4/2001 Last Residence: 33908 Fort Myers, Lee, Florida
Street Address: 179 Grace Church Street
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Army - General Omar Bradleys Staff and in General Pattons Headquarters Section

Veteran Code: USARMY-66


BIOGRAPHY
 
William L. Brookfield was born in New York in 1908. In Rye his family lived at 179 Grace Church Street and were members of Christ Church. William served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Lieutenant Colonel William Lord Brookfield followed a family tradition of military service. Before going to St. Pauls School he had been Colonel of the Knickerbocker Greys, a fashionable junior military organization in Manhattan. At Harvard he earned a reserve commission in the Field Artillery. Later, while working in New York City, he joined the 101 st Regiment Squadron A of the New York National Guard Cavalry. In World War II he served from June 1942 to May 1946, first as Assistant G-l Personnel Headquarters Ist Army and Eastern Defense Command in the United States and later in Europe on General Omar Bradleys Staff and in General Pattons Headquarters Section. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Medaille de Reconnaisance of the French Army.

1925 William Lord Brookfield died on May 4, 2001, at Shell Point Village, Fla. He was 93 years old. A son of Louise Lord Brookfield and Henry Morgan Brookfield and brother of the late Samuel Lord Brookfield '33, he was born in New York City and prepared at the Allen-Stevenson School there for entrance to the IV Form in 1922. As a VI Former he was a member of the Missionary Society; played Old Hundred first football; and was manager of Old Hundred hockey. He received a cum laude diploma. He was a 1929 graduate of Harvard and took post-graduate courses at New York University. He followed a family tradition of military service. Before coming to St. Paul's School he had been Colonel of the Knickerbocker Greys, a fashionable junior military organization in Manhattan. At Harvard he earned a reserve commission in the Field Artillery. Later, while working in New York City, he joined the 101 st Regiment ''Squadron A'' of the New York National Guard Cavalry. In World War II he served from June 1942 to May 1946, first as Assistant G-l (Personnel) Headquarters Ist Army and Eastern Defense Command in the United States and later in Europe on General Omar Bradley s Staff and in General Pattons Headquarters Section. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Medaille de Reconnaisance of the French Army. For many years he was personnel manager and company officer of the New Jersey Zinc Company. He was active in his communities in New York State, Connecticut, and Florida as a Mason and in the church. He served as treasurer of the Norfolk (Conn.) Historical Society, chairman of the Norfolk Senior Citizens Housing, and was a member of the Norfolk Zoning Commission. He was senior warden of the Church of the Transfiguration, Norfolk, and a board member of the Chapel by the Sea, Captiva, Fla. He received the 1977 Master of the Year Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Connecticut. He was the author of two memoirs, A Salute to Family and Friends (1999), reviewed in the summer 1999 Alumni Horae; and A Second Salute: More Memories (2000), reviewed in the fall/winter 2000 Alumni Horae. Colonel Brookfield's first wife, the former Katharine Kinsman, died in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Jean McGraw Gillett Brookfield, whom he married on February 19, 1982; two sons, William Lord Brookfield, Jr. '50 and Christopher M. Brookfield '54; a stepdaughter, Marian N. Gillett; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry M. Brookfield; and a nephew, Samuel Lord Brookfield, Jr.'6o.
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