Paul Milton Brooks was the son of Luther Milton Brooks and Imogene Bolin. Husband of Mildred Kathleen Stallings.
He served on the LST 19.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 3 May 1945
Seaman First Class Paul Milton Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Brooks, Strawberry Plains, was killed instantly April 17 in a dynamite explosion on Guam, his family has been notified. Seaman Brooks graduated from Rush Strong High School. In December, 1943, he married the former Miss Mildred Kathleen Stallings. He volunteered for the Navy in March, 1944 and after his boot training at San Diego, was sent to Pearl Harbor to attend signal school. Completing his training, he was one of the few men chosen to be transferred to Advance Headquarters on Admiral Nimitz’s staff. While on Guam, he met Ernie Pyle and obtained his autograph as well as having pictures taken with him. Last week his wife received a letter from Admiral Nimitz saying that Seaman Brooks had been buried with full military honors and that six of his closest friends had been pallbearers. The flag which covered his casket was also sent. Seaman Brooks had not been home since his enlistment. He was 19 years old. Besides his parents and wife, he was survived by three sisters, Hazel, Shirley and Dorothy, and a brother, Edward. Seaman Brooks was a member of the Strawberry Plains Baptist Church. He was formerly employed by his father, section foreman for the Southern Railroad.
- Rank: Seaman First Class
- Date of birth: 9 August 1925
- Date of death: 17 April 1945
- County: Jefferson
- Hometown: Strawberry Plains
- Service Branch: Navy
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Strawberry Plains Cemetery, Strawberry Plains, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Bottom Panel
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