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Douglas Broderick

Obituary for Douglas Broderick

October 30, 1920 - June 27, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97


Douglas Broderick age 93, passed away on June 27, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Doug was born on October 30, 1920 in Jackson, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Evelyn in February 1996 and wonderful daughter Susan in July 2012.

Doug graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, Ohio and went to attend the University of Dayton where he volunteered for pilot training with the Army Air Corps in 1941. He received his pilot's wings and Commission as a Second Lieutenant in August 1942. He was assigned to various combat training units; flying dive bombers and fighter air craft until being assigned to the 27th Fighter Bomb Group flying the A-36. The Airplane was a P-51-A that was modified with special air brakes to slow it down to be used as a "straight down" dive bomber for close support with allied ground forces. With the brakes closed it became a swift low-level fighter used for deep penetration into enemy territory on search and destroy missions.

Doug flew 80 combat missions in the Mediterranean area, Africa, Sicily and Italy. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters and other decorations. After his tour, he returned to the states as a combat instructor in the P-51-D, at Waycross Army Airfield, Georgia. At the close of the war he was assigned to the School of Occupied Areas at Carlie Barracks, Pennsylvania in preparation for two-year assignment in Korea from 1946-1948 as a Civil Affairs Officer working with the Military Government Program.

It was in Korea that he met and married his wife Evelyn who was they're as a civil servant working with the Military Government Program. Upon returning to the States he served with the 2240th Air Force Reserve Training Center at Cleveland, Ohio, until being honorable discharged as a Major in the Reserve. Doug then went to work as a civilian with the Air Force Logistic Command with service at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Brooklyn AFB, Alabama and Kelly AFB, Texas.

Doug always said during those years he enjoyed his work and met many fine people. He retired from federal service after 36 years. During this time, he held membership in various organizations: The American Legion, Northside Optimist Club, Air Force Association, San Antonio Retired Golfers Association, 27th Ft. Bomb Retirees and Society of Air Racing Historians.

He enjoyed traveling with his daughter. Doug is survived by many friends and great golfing partners.

At Doug's request he is to be cremated and no service to be held. His ashes will be interred with his wife at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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