In Memory of
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Clifford Raymond Brockman
Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton County
May 17, 1911 – August 10, 1942
Killed in Action in Alaska

Clifford Raymond Brockman

Clifford R. Brockman was born May 17, 1911, at Yankton, South Dakota, to John and Elsie (Biegelmeier) Brockman. Clifford had a brother, Willard, and a sister, Evelyn. When he was still a young boy, Clifford’s father died. His mother later married Peter Nastruszonek. Clifford attended school at Yankton and graduated from high school in 1930; while in school, Clifford was active in school activities, particularly football and track. After high school, he attended Yankton College for two years, and then was employed in local businesses in Yankton.

On May 5, 1937, Clifford Brockman entered active service at Fort Crook in Nebraska. As a member of the Army Air Corps, Brockman was first trained at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and then was transferred to Chanute Field, Illinois, where he received additional training in ferry command. His last visit home was in 1938. In 1940 Staff Sergeant Brockman was engaged in “ferrying planes to England, and making other long distance trips to points all over the world.” Early in 1942, S/Sgt. Brockman wrote home that he was an aerial engineer and machine gunner in a combat crew and that he was working Elliott Roosevelt, the President’s son.

Dated August 1, 1942, from Alaska, Clifford Brockman wrote that he had little time to write since they were “keeping the Japs busy up there.” On August 10, 1942, Staff Sergeant Clifford R. Brockman was killed in action in Alaska as part of the 392nd Bomb Squadron, 30th Bomb Group.

Clifford Brockman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He was the first Yankton casualty of WW II.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and by the Yankton Press and Dakotan, issues 8/28/42, 8/27/42.