BROCKMILLER, HARVEY ERNEST, Staff Sergeant, # 37584913, USAAF
Harvey E. Brockmiller was born on 21 August 1924 in Meriden, Steele Co., Minnesota, to Herman Frank Brockmiller (1884-1939) and Emma Ottilie (Schultz) Brockmiller (1890-1979). Siblings included Ervin Herman Brockmiller (1912-1927), Elvera Elsa Henrietta (Brockmiller) Panzer (1913-2004), Viola Loretta Minnie (Brockmiller) Schubert (1915-2005), Lawrence Otto Brockmiller (1920-1976), Irene Emelia (Brockmiller) Bartsch (1921-2004), Leona Gladys (Brockmiller) Hogan (1926-1989), Harold Orlando Brockmiller (1928-1995), Delores Brockmiller (1931- ), and Lucille Brockmiller (1937- ) and two more sisters..
He registered for the WWII draft on 15 December 1942, resided in Meriden, Steele Co., Minnesota, employed by Luverne Wilker, and described himself as 5’11”, 138 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his creman wings and was sent overseas to India. On 7 August 1945, a
B-24J, # 44-41293, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Lushien, China, at 0920Z on a routine fueld transport to Rupsi, Assam, India. Last contact was by radio at 1202Z with a position report over Fort Hertz (navigational fix) at 17,000’. The B-24 crashed. Graves Registration recovered the indistinguishable remains of the crew (Brockmiller, Canady, Cantrell, Franken & Yuskaitis) from the crash location and they were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 20, Grave 50393). A memorial marker was placed in the Saint John Lutheran Cemetery, Owatonna, Steele Co., Minnesota.