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 Earl J Brazelton, Jr

Earl J Brazelton, Jr

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 26 Aug 1944 (aged 26)
Bataan Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 10091491 · View Source
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Earl James Brazelton, Jr. is the first born of Earl James Brazelton and Ethel Pearl Chapman. Born in San Francisco,San Francisco, California and Raised in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. From World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas Records.
Name: Earl J Brazelton Jr
Inducted From: California
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Combat Organization: 228th Signal Operating Company and Philippine Scouts
Death Date: Aug 26 1944 Monument: Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines age 27
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Oak Leaf Cluster
Additional Army Awards

The following was contributed by Col. Tom Jones, formerly a 26th Cavalry Officer.
S/Sgt. Brazelton, originally assigned to the 228th Sig Svc Co detachment at Camp John Hay, was brought to Troop C by his NCO Tech Sgt William E. Bowen (later captain) in the spring of 1942. Brazelton remained part of troop hq helping operate the radio until captured 30 Aug 1943. I was with him and six other Americans and Filipinos until I was transferred to the POW hospital Bilibid in July 1944. The two Philippine Scouts who survived the war told me that the six had been court-martialed in August. The three Filipinos were sentenced to long term imprisonment (one was later executed on 4 Feb 1945) but the Americans received no public sentence at the trial. (They were probably sentenced to death and executed the next day).
Brazelton was a splendid soldier and his relatives should take great pride in him.
Tom Jones

By direction of the President and General Orders No. 205, Headquarters USAF, Pacific, dated 3 June 1946, the Bronze Star Medal was posthumously awarded to Staff Sergeant Earl J. Brazelton, Jr. 19 045 775, Signal Corps, United States Army, for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Southwest Pacific Area, from June to August 1943. although still weak and suffering from malnutrition from weeks of serious illness, Sergeant Brazelton, on duty with Troop C. 26th Cavalry, Philippine Scouts, near Bulu, Kabugao, Apayao, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, volunteered to operate the troop radio in order to resume contact with United States forces in Australia. At the risk of delaying his recovery and with the certain knowledge that escape would be impossible if the enemy were to close in, he had himself propped up by his comrades and performed his daily task until captured. He later was executed by the enemy for operating the radio. Through his fortitude and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, Sergeant Brazelton made a gallant contribution to the continued effectivness of guerrilla activity in Luzon.

By direction of the President and General Orders No. 222, Headquarters USAF, Pacific, dated 15 June 1946, the Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star Medal was posthumously awarded to Staff Sergeant Earl J. Brazelton, Jr., 19 045 755, Cavalry, Philippine Scouts, United States Army, for heroic achievment in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Southwest Pacific Area, from 9 September 1943 to 4 February 1944. as a prisoner of the Japanise in the Philippine Islalnds, Sergeant Brazelton steadfastly refused to divulge, despite the use of force and torture by his captors, any information concerning the activities of the guerrilla forces other than certain unimportant items specifically authorized by his commandng officer. Although questioning of this gallant member of Troop C, 26th Cavalry, Philippine Scouts, was prosecuted by G-2, General Headquarters, Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippnes and Headquarters Military Police in the Philippines in Bilibid Prison, on the Luneta, and in Fort Santiago, he continued to deny the enemy the vital information they so curelly sought and was subsequently executed. Through his determination to protect his guerrilla comrades at any cost, Sergeant Brazelton upheld the finest traditions of the Filipino-American resistance to the Japanese aggressors in the Philippine Islalnds.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Earl J Brazelton, Jr (25 Sep 1917–26 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10091491, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Gary Mowrey (contributor 46842210) .