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First Name: Sidney

Last Name: Brooks

Birthplace: San Antonio, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Aviation Section, U. S. Signal Corps (1914 - 1918)

Middle Name: Johnston

Date of Birth: 21 May 1895

Date of Death: 13 November 1917


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Sidney Johnston Brooks, Jr.


Sidney Johnston Brooks, Jr.
Cadet, American Flying Corps

Sidney Johnston Brooks, Jr. was born on 21 May 1895 in San Antonio, TX, a member of a prominent family.

Cadet Brooks became the first San Antonian to lose his life in World War I activities. He was killed when his JN-4 biplane crashed on his final return training flight from Hondo Airfield to Kelly Field (now Kelly Air Force Base), TX.

Cadet Brooks was posthumously awarded his Aviator's wings and commissioned at the request of the City Council. Brooks Field (now Brooks Air Force Base), San Antonio, was named in his honor.

In November 1987 the Sidney J. Brooks Jr. Memorial Park and Monument was dedicated on the base. He was reinterred, and his original gravestone transferred, from the Alamo Masonic Cemetery near downtown San Antonio, to the Park on 11 November 1993.

Death and Burial

Cadet Sidney Johnston Brooks, Jr. died on 13 November 1917. He is buried in the park named in his honor, the Sidney J. Brooks, Jr. Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX.

Honoree ID: 2287   Created by: MHOH




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