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Lieut William Martin Brakeall

Lieut William Martin Brakeall

Ohio, USA
Death 20 Aug 1971 (aged 26)
Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 25 Site 4142
Memorial ID 31394419 · View Source
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Moberly Monitor-Index and Evening Democrat, August 21, 1971

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Four Navy-Marine investigators from Norfolk, Va., began combing through the wreckage of a Marine Corps helicopter, which crashed killing its two occupants Friday. A spokesman said the Marine investigating team is expected to issue a preliminary report some time this evening. Heading the investigating team is Marine Cmdr. Lyle Parsells. Lt. William N. Brakebill [should be William M. Brakeall], Virginia Beach, Va., and Robert Johnson, Norfolk, were killed when the craft crashed near the Mono Manufacturing Co. on Missouri Highway 160 in its approach to the Springfield airport.

The crash site is about two miles from the airport, officials said. A spokesman at the airport, Col. John McCory, with the Missouri National Guard, said the plane wasn't scheduled for repair work at the facility. He speculated it might have been coming to Springfield after developing trouble in the air. The craft's flight began in St. Louis.

McKeesport Daily News, McKeesport, Pa.

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday for a former area man who was killed Friday when the Navy helicopter he was flying crashed during a landing approach near the Municipal Airport in Springfield, Mo. The victim was 26-year old William Brakeall, a Navy lieutenant commander [should be lieutenant] and veteran of the Vietnam conflict who was scheduled to be discharged from the service on Sept. 10. Relatives of the flier, whose home base was Norfolk, Va., said he was ferrying the craft from Detroit, Mich. to an undetermined destination when it exploded in flight.

Cmdr. Brakeall's aunt, Mrs. James Brakeall of Lincoln Way, White Oak, said a crewman also was killed. Cmdr. Brakeall [should be Lieut. Brakeall] was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brakeall of North Miami Beach, Fla. The family lived on Vermont Ave. in White Oak before moving to Florida about 11 years ago. William attended White Oak and Lincoln schools, was graduated from the University of Miami and attended Johns Hopkins University prior to entering the service four years ago. According to his aunt, the young officer was the sole survivor when a helicopter he was flying was shot down over South Vietnam.

The officer's mother is the former Lucille Woll and he was a nephew of Jacob Woll, former parks superintendent for the City of McKeesport. He also is survived by his wife, a native of Alabama, and a son [her son by a previous marriage]. Interment is to be in Arlington National Cemetery. The Atlantic Fleet Naval Airforce identified the second victim as Aviation Mechanic Robert Johnson of Norfolk.

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  • Created by: Dr. James M. Owston
  • Added: 14 Nov 2008
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut William Martin Brakeall (28 May 1945–20 Aug 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31394419, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dr. James M. Owston (contributor 47059231) .