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 David Atkins Brough

David Atkins Brough

Birth
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Death 30 Jul 1942 (aged 28)
Cold Bay, Aleutians East Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Plot 17-31-2
Memorial ID 91344684 · View Source
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David Atkins Brough was born on 15 June 1914 in Pueblo, Colorado. His parents were David A. Brough and Berdie E. McGuire, and his Brough ancestry extends back to the 1500's in Perthshire, Scotland.

The following "Biography of Lieutent (Junior Grade) David Atkins Brough, USNR (Deceased)" was provided by Linda Bell of California to the Brough Family Organization in March 2013:

"Born at Pueblo, Colorado, on 15 June 1914, David Atkins Brough attended local public high schools before going to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1938.

"Following work as a civil engineer with the Colorado State Highway Department and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation, Brough enlisted at Denver, Colorado, on 10 July 1939 as a Seaman Second Class in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

"Five days later he reported to the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Oakland, California, for Elimination Flight Training. After passing the tests, Brough was honorably discharged as an enlisted man on 24 October 1939 and the following day appointed an Aviation Cadet, USNR.

"He commenced flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, on 30 October 1939. Appointed Naval Aviator (Heavier than Air) No. 6602, on 30 July 1940, he was released from active duty under going training on the 29th of August and the following day appointed Ensign, USNR.

"Assigned to Patrol Squadron 42 based at Seattle, Washington, Brough reported on 21 September 1940 and was designated a Patrol Plans Commander on the 12th of December.

"At the beginning of World War II, Anti-Submarine Warfare and VF-42 flew scouting missions along the Alaskan Coast. However, after the occupation of Attu and Kiska Islands by the Japanese, the squadron carried out regular bombing raids on those places.

"Brough received a temporary promotion to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 28 May 1942.

"During June 1942, Brough participated in numerous bombing raids on the Japanese shipping in Kiska Harbor. For this action he was recommended for the Air Medal. However, before it could be presented to him he was killed in an airplane crash following a scouting mission.

"The Air Medal was presented posthumously to Brough's sister, Mrs. Jack Bell, since both of the deceased aviator's parents were deceased.

"The citation for the medal read as follows: 'For meritous achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Patrol Plans Commander in action with enemy Japanese forces during the Aleutian Islands Campaign from June 10 to June 20, 1942. Flying under extremely hazardous conditions of high winds, snow, rain and dense fog, Lieutenant (junior grade) Brough engaged in dangerous scouting missions during the enemy bombing of Dutch Harbor and Umnak, and in addition participated in all-night aerial patrols and bombing attacks on Japanese ships in Kiska Harbor in the face of concentrated air and anti-aircraft opposition. His courageous and daring devotion to the accomplishment of these important missions was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.'

"LTJG Brough earned the following medals and awards, Air Medal, American Defense Service Medal with "Fleet" clasp, American Area Campaign Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal."

The burial of "David A. Brough" is listed in the online cemetery record of Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colorado: http://www.roselawnpueblo.com/genealogy/index.php. According to this website, and from information provided by cemetery officials to researchers of the Brough Family Organization (www.broughfamily.org), "some remains" of David A. Brough "were found" and eventually "buried" on 2 October 1948 at Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado.

"The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships" (http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b9/brough-i.htm) states the following about David Atkins Brough:

"Lieutenant Junior Grade David Atkins Brough was born at Pueblo, Colorado, on 15 June 1914. He was appointed as a Naval Aviation Cadet USNR in October 1939 and was appointed Ensign USNR on 30 July 1940. At the beginning of World Mar II, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brough, attached to Patrol Squadron 42, flew scouting missions along the Alaskan Coast and participated in regular bombing raids on the Japanese held islands of Attu and Kiska. During June 1942, Brough participated in numerous bombing raids on Japanese shipping in Kiska Harbor, For this action he was recommended for the Air Medal. However, before the Air Medal could be presented to him he was killed in an airplane crash following a scouting mission. The Air Medal was presented posthumously to Brough's sister, Miss Jack Bell, since both of the aviator's parents were no longer living.

"[The warship USS] Brough was built by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, Texas. Her keel was laid on 22 January 1943 and she was launched on 10 April 1943. Mrs. Jack Bell, sister of Lieutenant Junior Grade Davis Atkins Brough, a Naval Aviator, served as sponsor. Brough was placed in full commission on 18 September 1943 at Orange, Texas under command of Lieutenant Commander Kenneth J. Hartley of Jamestown, New York. After an intense shakedown period, Brough was assigned the task of escorting allied shipping to European ports. She spent two years escorting Allied shipping without the loss of a single vessel during her twenty four Atlantic crossings, and made only five submarine attacks with the presence of U-Boats unverified in each case... Brough [was] decommissioned in June 1965 and was removed from the Navy List on 1 November 1965. The ship was sold for scrap to Buyer Boston Metals Co. in Baltimore, Maryland in January 1967."

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Brough_(DE-148)) states the following:

"[The] USS Brough (DE-148) was an Edsall class destroyer escort, the first United States Navy ship so named. This ship was named for Lieutenant Junior Grade David Atkins Brough (15 June 1914–1942), a Naval Aviator who was awarded the Air Medal posthumously for his actions during the battles of Kiska and Attu."


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  • Created by: R. Clayton Brough
  • Added: 4 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91344684
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Atkins Brough (15 Jun 1914–30 Jul 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91344684, citing Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by R. Clayton Brough (contributor 47699379) .