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Lieut John Brooks
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Birth: May 20, 1783
Brookfield
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1813
Put-in-Bay
Ottawa County
Ohio, USA

He joined the United States Marines as a 2nd Lieutenant on March 1, 1807. He commanded the Marine Detachment on board Commodore Perry's flagship, The Lawrence, during the Battle of Lake Erie. A native of Massachusetts he studied medicine with his father, John Brooks after graduating from Harvard University in 1805. His father later became Governor of Massachusetts. He was an excellent drill officer with great promise and was considered the most handsome man in the fleet. During the course of the battle while conversing with Perry he was hit in the hip with a cannon ball which pushed him across the deck into the bulwark. Some accounts have him imploring Commodore Perry to shoot him while others say he asked for a pistol with which to shoot himself. He died within an hour, but not before reciting a verbal will to the wounded purser, Mr. Hambleton who lay by him. Congress voted a silver medal to be given to his nearest male relative. The USS Brooks, DD-232, was named after him. Brooks, DD-232, was launched April 24, 1919 by New York Shipbuilding Co. in Camden, New Jersey and was commissioned June 18, 1920, Lieutenant D.M. Dalton in command. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Brooks (1752 - 1825)
 
 Sibling:
  Alexander Scammell Brooks (1781 - 1836)*
  John Brooks (1783 - 1813)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay
Ottawa County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Jul 01, 2007
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- SLGMSD
 Added: Feb. 16, 2015
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- A AAA American at Find A Grave
 Added: May. 22, 2013
May GOD Bless You Lt. John Brooks !! !!!::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::It is on Major General Benjamin Butler's in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the monument reads."the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal b...(Read more)
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: May. 22, 2013
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