HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Henry Brossy '31

Date of birth: July 27, 1908

Date of death: February 16, 1943

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

1931 Brossy LB.jpg

Henry Earl Brossy

Brooklyn, New York

"Hank"

With a flair for exactness and precision—cultivated by a few years at Brooklyn Tech—Hank came to Annapolis, where he found no special difficulties. While the rest of us were struggling with our ups and downs, Hank kept on as usual, and his steadying influence will not soon be forgotten.

Who hasn't along towards the end of the term, or just before Christmas leave, wished he could transfer a few points of velvet from one subject to another? Brossy partly solved the problem by overworking his steam kit. Not being content with usually accepted limitations of that puzzle box, he made a name for himself by formulating and putting into practice some mighty and unique usages.

By the end of Youngster Year Hank has made a good start towards a record in hop-attendance, but he dropped far behind during second-class summer. The cause of his abrupt change was unknown for a time, as he gave no convincing reason. We soon found the cause—he had discovered that the creeks would float a canoe.

Track 4; Reception Committee 3, 2, 1; Boxing 4, 3, 2, 1; Boxing Manager 1; 2 P. O.

1931 Brossy LB.jpg

Henry Earl Brossy

Brooklyn, New York

"Hank"

With a flair for exactness and precision—cultivated by a few years at Brooklyn Tech—Hank came to Annapolis, where he found no special difficulties. While the rest of us were struggling with our ups and downs, Hank kept on as usual, and his steadying influence will not soon be forgotten.

Who hasn't along towards the end of the term, or just before Christmas leave, wished he could transfer a few points of velvet from one subject to another? Brossy partly solved the problem by overworking his steam kit. Not being content with usually accepted limitations of that puzzle box, he made a name for himself by formulating and putting into practice some mighty and unique usages.

By the end of Youngster Year Hank has made a good start towards a record in hop-attendance, but he dropped far behind during second-class summer. The cause of his abrupt change was unknown for a time, as he gave no convincing reason. We soon found the cause—he had discovered that the creeks would float a canoe.

Track 4; Reception Committee 3, 2, 1; Boxing 4, 3, 2, 1; Boxing Manager 1; 2 P. O.

Loss

Henry was lost when USS Amberjack (SS 219) was sunk by a patrol craft on February 16, 1943 near Rabaul. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1931
Ensign, USS Gilmer
October 1931
Ensign, USS Gilmer
January 1932
Ensign, USS Gilmer
April 1932
Ensign, USS Gilmer
October 1932
Ensign, USS Gilmer
January 1933
Ensign, USS Gilmer
April 1933
Ensign, USS Gilmer
July 1933
Ensign, USS Chicago


Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5)
October 1933
Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Indianapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Indianapolis:
ENS Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (USS Indianapolis)
April 1934
Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Indianapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Indianapolis:
ENS Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (USS Indianapolis)
July 1934
Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24
April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24
October 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24
January 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command:
April 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command:
July 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command:
January 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24
April 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24
October 1939
Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin
June 1940
Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin
November 1940
Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin

Others at this command:
April 1941
Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Grayson


Class of 1931

Henry is one of 52 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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