In Memory of
Harvey John Brodsky
Sturgis, South Dakota
August 10, 1911 – June 15, 1945
Killed in Action in Italy
Harvey J. Brodsky was born August 10, 1911, at Belle
Fourche in Butte County, South Dakota, to Charles and Irene Brodsky. He had a
sister and a brother.
Before he entered the service, Harvey worked for Sturgis
On February 8, 1942, Harvey entered active service at Ft.
Reily, Kansas. He “received his basic training at the Rapid City air base.” In
November of 1942, the Rapid City Journal reported: “Two ‘flying Sturgis
boys’ are having a brief reunion in New York City this week … Lt. Harvey Brodsky
expects to leave soon for a new station in Mississippi….” He went overseas in
March of 1944.
The Sturgis Tribune reported in March of 1945,
Captain Harvey J. Brodsky, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Brodsky, has recently been awarded two
medals, the purple heart and the silver star. The citation in connection with
the award of the silver
star reads in part ‘Harvey J. Brodsky, Captain, Infantry. For gallantry in
action on the 17th day of
July, 1944, in the vicinity of Borgo, Italy. Captain Brodsky’s company was
assigned the task of
flanking the opposition moving into town and clearing it of the enemy. While
returning from a
personal reconnaissance to find a route of approach he received a head wound
from a mortar
fragment. Under Captain Brodsky’s leadership and personal direction, the
company took their
objective.’ Later Captain Brodsky received a leg wound and was awarded the
Captain Harvey Brodsky died June 15, 1945, in Italy.
Harvey’s mother received a letter from the War Department, which gave the
following information. “It is with deep regret that I confirm the telegram of
recent date informing you of the death of your son, Captain Harvey J. Brodsky,
0302435, Infantry. The official casualty report states that your son died on 15
June 1945 in Italy as a result of a fractured skull with cerebral edema.” He
was 32 years old.
Harvey Brodsky is now buried at Plot E 0 5 at Black Hills
National Cemetery near Sturgis. His burial there, however, did not take place
until August 1, 1960.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a
SD veteran’s bonus application, the Sturgis Tribune, 3/8/45, and the
Rapid City Journal, 11/5/42, 6/27/45, 7/5/45 issues.