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Sadieville in Scott County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Robert H. Brooks

(1915 - 1941)

 
 
Robert H. Brooks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Matt Carter, September 6, 2009
1. Robert H. Brooks Marker
Inscription.  Marker Front:
Born Oct. 8, 1915, in Sadieville, this African American entered an "all white" National Guard unit before WW II began. As a private in Co. D, 192nd Tank Battalion, he was stationed in the Philippine Islands. Brooks was killed Dec. 8, 1941, during the initial Japanese bombing of Clark Field, near Fort Stotensburg.

Marker Reverse:
Brooks, at age 26, was officially declared the first U.S. Armored Forces casualty of WW II. He is buried in the American~Manila Cemetery in the Philippine Islands. The main parade ground at Fort Knox was named Brooks Field in his honor on December 23, 1941.

Presented by City of Sadieville, Scott County Fiscal Court and American Legion Scott Post No. 24.

 
Erected 1999 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2037.)
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
Robert H. Brooks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Matt Carter, September 6, 2009
2. Robert H. Brooks Marker
War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 23.385′ N, 84° 32.22′ W. Marker is in Sadieville, Kentucky, in Scott County. Memorial is on Pike Street (Kentucky Route 32) just east of Vine Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 690 Pike Street, Sadieville KY 40370, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stonetown (approx. 11.1 miles away); Lindsay's Station (approx. 11.6 miles away); Buffalo Springs (approx. 11.6 miles away); Stamping Ground (approx. 11.6 miles away); Hemp in Scott County / Hemp in Kentucky (approx. 11.7 miles away); Cardome (approx. 11.7 miles away); Miller's Run Historic District (approx. 11.9 miles away); Chambers Ave. / Ed Davis School (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is displayed in front of the City of Sadieville City Hall.
 
Additional keywords. Bi-racial soldier in the "Jim Crow" U.S. Army of WWII; Luzon, Philippines. Multiracial Americans
 
Pvt. Robert H. Brooks, U.S.A. - his memorial cross at the American Military Cemetery, Manila, R. P. image. Click for full size.
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3. Pvt. Robert H. Brooks, U.S.A. - his memorial cross at the American Military Cemetery, Manila, R. P.
Robert H. Brooks (1915 - 1941), D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, U.S. Army image. Click for full size.
circa 1941
4. Robert H. Brooks (1915 - 1941), D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, U.S. Army
- the first Armored Forces soldier killed in action during World War II.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2009, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky.   3. submitted on April 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 4, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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