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Lieut John Brooks

Lieut John Brooks

Birth
Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 10 Sep 1813 (aged 30)
Put-in-Bay, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
Burial Put-in-Bay, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 20209826 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 1 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20209826
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut John Brooks (20 May 1783–10 Sep 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20209826, citing Perrys Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .