Tom Brooks

[29 DEC 1932 - H1 - 20473]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Doug (son) and Tom Brooks - ? - ?
[50th Reunion]



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Jim and Peggy Morgan '58 - John and Sherry Giddings -
Pam and Tom Brooks - Bill and Judy Harris [1987]



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H-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Brooks - Bob Strickland (CO) - Town - Crawford - Jacobs - Harris - 2nd Row: Todd Graham - Parsons - Wheeler - Rudzki - Carrington - 3rd Row: Schuh - Thornquist - Dion - Gamble - 4th Row: Pratt - Wheaton - McNiven - Longbottom - Howard (Absent: Rundle and Don Smith)



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2011 AOG Online Register Entry

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How I got my appointment to West Point

I had four uncles that were in the Army during World War II. I was inspired by their war stories and experiences to take the four year Junior ROTC program at Denby High School in Detroit, Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rather than wear the uniforms issued to the ROTC cadets, I borrowed Army uniforms from my uncles and had the uniforms tailored to a perfect fit. When I was a high school junior, my Uncle Joe asked me if I would consider going to West Point. He was obviously impressed by some Army officers who were West Point graduates and offered to help me get a Congressional nomination from Congressman Louis Rabaut in the 14th District of Michigan.

Except for some movies that I had seen about West Point (Blanchard and Davis football movies and “The Duke of West Point”), I did not know very much about the United States Military Academy. So I read the West Point catalog and every book about West Point that I could find in the public library.

Congressman Rabaut granted his military academy nominations based upon Civil Service Examination scores and I received written notification that I was granted a principal nomination to the Naval Academy. I responded that I had applied for a nomination to West Point and that was what I preferred. Shortly thereafter I received notification that I was granted a principal nomination to West Point and that there were seven secondary nominees who were waiting to take my place if I failed to get a West Point appointment.

I went to Fort Sheridan, Illinois to take my West Point physical examination, physical aptitude test and West Point entrance examinations. This took a week and I had the opportunity to meet West Point candidates from the entire Fifth Army area, including the secondary nominees who wanted to take my place. During the physical aptitude test, the enlisted man keeping my score lost count on the running laps and called me in short of the required number of laps. I was given three minutes of rest and had to run the laps again.

A couple of months later, I received a letter from the Admissions Office that I had failed the eye examination. Until then, I did not know that I had a problem with my eyes. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to retake the eye examination at Selfridge Air Force Base. My mother promptly put carrot slices in a jar of water in the refrigerator and told me to eat as many slices as I could every day prior to the eye reexamination. The Air Force doctor must have had a bad day when I showed up for the reexamination because half way through the examination he threw up his arms and told me that I was wasting his time and that he could not do anything for me. He then instructed his enlisted aide to complete the examination and send the results to West Point.

Two weeks prior to R day, I received a telegram notifying me that I was accepted to enter West Point in July, 1950 based upon my high school credits I had, even though I was not scheduled to graduate from high school until January 1951. I was 17 years old. In October of 1951, during my yearling year, I contracted Spinal Meningitis. I entered the hospital at West Point and did not return to my company (E-2) until late November. I lost my battle with the Mathematics Department and was turned back to join the Class of 1955 and Company H-1 in August 1952.

That is my story.

Thank you.

Tom Brooks
13 AUG 2010


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What Have Your Kids Done?

My Number One son, Craig, graduated from the University of Dayton with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance. He worked for NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, and Henriott Financial Service, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana, and is currently working as a risk manager for NewPage Corporation, a spinoff of Mead Corporation, in Miamisburg, Ohio. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two outstanding young sons that are as handsome as their grandfather and twice as smart.

My Number Two son, Douglas, graduated from the University of Dayton with a Pre-Med degree and a commission in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He went on active duty after graduation and served in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq. He is currently in the Creighton University Pharmacy Program and is engaged to be married in June 2011.

Tom Brooks
9 SEP 2010


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2012 Significant Event for the Brooks family

At the 2012 Arabian and Half Arabian US National Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pam won the National Championship in the Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure Adult Amateur Owner to Ride (ages 55 and over) event with her horse WMF Sweet Adventure (Sweetie).

The road to the US National Championships begins with a dream and takes us on a long journey full of challenges and victories ending in the fantastic accomplishment of a National Championship title. For Pam, a good ride on a great horse is a truly glorious adventure and she is living her dream.

Tom Brooks


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Local Classmate Assistant (LCA) Information

Class Remembrance: Wreath

Preferred Charity: None selected

Suggested LCA: Anyone Available



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