Edward James Broms, Jr
Lieutenant Commander
VA-66, CVW-10, USS INTREPID, TF 77, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
Meadville, Pennsylvania
May 06, 1943 to April 15, 1975
(Incident Date August 01, 1968)
EDWARD J BROMS Jr is on the Wall at Panel W50, Line 41

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Edward J Broms

LCDR EDWARD JAMES BROMS Jr

 

Karen DeGuzman wrote on 09/4/2012, "...Regarding LCDR Edward James Broms, Jr., please note that his funeral service is scheduled for this Friday, September 7, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Arlington National Cemetery Chapel."

"Thank you. He was my father's best friend and was deeply missed." On September 13, Karen Forwarded a photo taken by her father when he was in Arlington Virginia for the funeral.

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Her email prompted research into the circumstances surrounding the death of LTCDR Broms and subsequent recovery and funeral.

-- The Virtual Wall, 10-10-2012

Background: The A4 Skyhawk was intended to provide the Navy and Marine Corps with an inexpensive, lightweight attack and ground support plane. It's design emphasized low-speed and control during take off and landing but strong enough for the rigors of a catapult launch and the jolt of carrier deck landings. The plane was compact enough to not need folding wings for storage and handling.

LTJG Brom's unit assignment was that of pilot with Attack Squadron 66, USS INTREPID (CVS 11) in the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 1, 1968, he was assigned the fourth position in a 4-plane daytime mission to strike Dong Dun, Ha Tiny Province, North Vietnam with the code-name of "Rolling Thunder".

Broms and the four attack bomber aircraft rolled in on the target as planned However, during pullout, Broms was heard to transmit, "Puffs (flak) all around me." No other radio or visual contact was made with LTJG Broms and an extensive electronic and visual search was started. The search was called off with negative results and the opinion of the review board there was a low probabilty of survival.

When 591 American prisoners of war were released in 1973, Broms was not among them. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of him. Broms was listed as missing in action until 1975 when the government declared him dead, although his body had not been recovered.

The family vigil began early and continued with the family until September 2011.

In 1993, remains an aircraft and of missing Americans were found at a crash site in Vietnam, but due to limits of DNA testing, the remains were not identified.

In 1995, Broms, mother, June Broms McCaskey, was notified that, based on evidence found at that scene, her son had been killed in action. "I believed after reading the report, that was what happened," Marjorie Waddell, Broms' sister, said at the time. Full story of return of remains here.

However, positive identification of Broms' remains were still not determined until September 12, 2011 - after improvements in DNA testing and 36 years after his plane went down. Waddell said plans for a burial would be made at a later date.

Almost a year later, The Official DoD Announcement of the return of his remains to the family for funeral and burial with full Military Honors was issued. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery on September 7, 2012.

Following the solemn ceremony at Arlington, the Curator of Aviation for the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City presented Marjorie Broms Waddell with a piece of Intrepid's flight deck and a certificate to dedicate a Seat of Honor aboard Intrepid in LCDR Brom's honor.

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