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BG William Edward Brougher
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1889
Jackson
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1965
Georgia, USA

BG William Edward Brougher was the son of Charles Cooper Brougher and Jessie Manship. He received his BS from Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University) in 1910. The next year, he began his 38-year Army Career as a Second Lieutenant. In 1914, he married Frances Kelly. He served in World War I as a Major of Infantry, and was promoted through the ranks to Colonel, when in 1940, he was Commanding Officer of the 57th Infantry Regiment, US Army, in the Philippines. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on December 24, 1941, for his leadership. In 1942, he was the Commanding General of the 11th Division, Philippine Army. From 1942-1945, he was a Prisoner of War of the Japanese. In 1945, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his "exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility in World War II." In 1947, he was Commanding General of Fort McClellan, AL and in 1949, he was Commanding General of Fort Gordon, GA. He retired from the US Army on Feb 28, 1949. Like many who served at Bataan, he made no secret of his disdain for General MacArthur, calling MacArthur's abandonment of Bataan "A foul trick of deception played on a large group of Americans by a commander in chief and his small staff who are now eating steak and eggs in Australia."

BG William Edward Brougher was widely known as a lecturer on his experiences in World War II. He was a prisoner of the Japanese on the Bataan Death March and in nine separate prison camps. He was in the first group of prisoners of war to be flown home from the Far East.

In 1946, he authored, "The Long Dark Road", a Collection of Poetry. He also authored "South to Bataan, North to Mukden. The Prison Diary of Gen. W E Brougher". He wrote most of his works about the time of his internment by the Japanese. He died a month before a collection of his short stories appeared in print.

 
 
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  Frances Kelly Brougher (1892 - 1978)
 
Burial:
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: U, 152
 
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Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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SALUTE! to Gen. Wm. E. Brougher, USA, commander of the 11th Philippine Division during the 1941-42 gallant Defense of the Philippine Islands. Your leadership under impossible conditions and your sacrifice to delay the Japanese advance saved countless tho...(Read more)
- Matt & Kara Underwood
 Added: Jun. 15, 2016
General, words cannot describe your sacrifice. Thank you for your service to this great Nation. Your efforts on Bataan and your sacrifices will never be forgotten. God Bless you General.
- Steve H
 Added: Jul. 18, 2014
In remembrance of your honored service
- truchasnm
 Added: Jan. 22, 2014
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