Plymouth County

Capt. Gordon R. Brodie




NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brodie have been advised that their son, Lieut. Gordon Brodie, is in Sicily, and they have heard from him since the invasion started. He is with the light armored forces. Lieut. Brodie is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Brodie.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, August 10, 1943


From Merrill Service Men's News

Gordon R. Brodie, 1st Lt. has seen no fighting since the Sicilian campaign during which he commanded a company of tanks and won a Silver Star.  After several months for rest and reorganization, his unite moved to another island for further training with an invasion force.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, Friday, April 14, 1944

Gordon Brodie Promoted To Captain

Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Brodie received a letter today from their grandson, Lieut. Gordon
Brodie, in Normandy, but he isn't a lieutenant any more. It's Captain Brodie
now. Capt. Brodie, winner of a Silver Star in Italy, where he distinguished himself
for his initiative in forestalling a German counterattack on an American tank
force, writes that he is doing similar work in Italy, and his command is no doubt a
part of the powerful tank forces which have driven the Germans out of Caen and
unhinged Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's entire Normandy line. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brodie of Merrill.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Thursday, August 3, 1944


Capt. Gordon Brodie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brodie and grandson of M. F. Brodie, of LeMars, writes that he is well and having an active part in the invasion of Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was recently promoted to captain. He is in the Seventieth Tank Division.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, August 4, 1944

With Artillery In Support 4th Infantry

With the 4th Infantry Division in Germany.—All four companies of the 70th Tank Battalion were given honorable mention in a recent 4th Division Order of the Day for “invaluable support” given this division in the capture of the Schnee Eifel and Brandsscheid, Germany.

“Over four months ago,” the order read, “after advancing through the Ardennes, the Fourth Infantry Division broke through the Siegried Line and occupied the Schnee Eifel. Relieved by another division, the Fourth moved north and attacked through the Huertgen Forest, moved south again and successfully defended the city of Luxembourg against the German counteroffensive in December, attacked across the Sure and Our Rivers and advanced against continuous opposition until it was again opposite the Schnee Eifel.

“In spite of almost incredible weather conditions and the long period of continuous contact with the enemy, the division then recaptured the Siegfried Line defenses on the Schnee Eifel and captured the fortified town of Brandscheid which had heretofore successfully withstood all attacks made against it. The 70th Tank Battalion contributed aggressive and invaluable support throughout this entire operation.”

The 70th Tank Battalion is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry E. Davidson Jr., of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Company A., which supports the 8th Infantry, is led by Captain Gordon A. Brodie of LeMars. Capt. Francis E. Songer commands Company B in support of the 12th Infantry, and First Lieutenant Preston E. Yoeman of Crystal Lake, Illinois, commands Company C in support of the 22nd Infantry. Captain Herman Finkelstein of Philadelphia is commanding officer of Company D which is used in general support.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, March 23, 1945

DeGaulle Awards Croix deGuerre to Capt. Brodie

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brodie, of Merrill, are looking forward to receiving a Croix de Guerre, French cross of war ranking with the American Silver Star decoration, which was awarded by General De Gaulle to their son, Captain Gordon Brodie, while the latter was on a visit to Paris.

Kissing Capt. Brodie on both cheeks, General De Gaulle said that France was honored to have such men fighting for her liberation. Capt. Brodie, as commander of Tank Co. A., 70th Bn., fought his way across France from D-day on.

Previous to the invasion of France, he fought in Italy. There the American Army commander awarded a Silver Star decoration to him, as the result of an exploit in which Capt. Brodie diverted the attacks of the German forces to himself, thereby permitting other units to extricate themselves from a difficult position. In the end he also broke free, chalking up a 100 per cent tactical success.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, April 12, 1945