Tom Brooks

[29 DEC 1932 - H1 - 20473 - 22 MAR 2019]

Tom Brooks Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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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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Farrington's - Harris' - Giddings' - Brooks"
[Annapolis FD - 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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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Thomas J. Brooks Cullum No: 20473 Class of: 1955 Born: MI Appointment: Branch: SC Date of Death: March 22, 2019 History: 20473 Thomas John Brooks B-MI: SC: UMI 59-61: SigReschActy 62-63: ASA 63-64 [CM]: 127SigBn 7Div Kor 64-65: OACSI 65-68 [LM]: 101AbnDiv RVN 68-69 [2BSM-CM]: HqSigGp AK 69-71 [MSM]: CGSC 72: DESC 72-76 [JSCM]: ASASptGp FtMeade 76, MIGp 77-79 [DMSM]: MS Mgmt Troy State University 80: HALFSEE 79-81: NSA 81-85 [LM]: Ret 85 COL: SrEngr Log Mgmt Engrg Inc 85: LogEngr SRL Inc 87: Veridan Veda Ops 98: Veridan Engrg 99: GeneralDynamics 03: Wyle Laboratories 05: D - Bellbrook, OH 22Mar19 a-86

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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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Thomas John Brooks

December 29, 1932 - March 22, 2019 (86 years old)

COL Thomas 'Tom' J. Brooks, USA Ret, age 86, of Bellbrook, passed away Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Tom was born December 29th,1932 to Stella (Wojtowicz) and John Brooks in Hamtramck, Michigan. Tom was a proud alumni of West Point where his 30 years of service to our country began. It is also where he developed a taste for pistachio ice cream and was an extra in the movie 'The Long Gray Line' as a cadet.

In his early years his favorite hobbies were deer hunting and fishing in the Upper Peninsula, but later he enjoyed helping to coach the boys baseball teams and hoarding all the black licorice on family trips to Mackinaw Island and various battlefields and historical sites. He shared his Polish heritage with his family by playing the accordion and teaching the boys to make pierogies.

Tom's various passions led him to become a founding member of the Mackinaw Associates, acting as the Southwest Ohio West Point Liaison Officer, and joining a reenactment group for the War of 1812 called 'Steele's Rifles.' He is also retired from Wyle Labs where he worked for 23 years as a Logistics Engineer.

Tom was a coffee loving, country serving, hard working, husband and father and his 'Truly Outstanding' self will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pamela 'Pam' (Wildinger) Brooks, 2 sons, Craig Brooks (Jennifer) and Douglas Brooks (Wendy), and 4 grandchildren, Tyler, William, Sylvia, and Sebastian.

To help the family celebrate Tom's life, you are invited to share during his Life Celebration Visitation at Sugar Valley Golf Club, 1250 Mead Road, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305 on March 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, with Memorial Services to follow immediately afterward.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Ste 410, Rockville, MD 20852. You are welcome to send a condolence, plant a tree and share a story or picture about Tom at www.ConnerAndKoch.com by clicking on his name.

Tom will be inurned at West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY at a later date.


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Class Remembrance: Wreath

Preferred Charity: None selected

Suggested LCA: Anyone Available



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