Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Arlington Cemetery burial of LCDR Edward James Broms, Jr.

My husband, Eric, as Curator of Aviation for the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in NYC, has contact with many of the Intrepid's former crew members and their families.  Thousands of sailors called Intrepid their home.  One of them was LCDR Edward James Broms, Jr.  He was lost in Vietnam, in the Tonkin Gulf, on August 1, 1968 after flying off Intrepid.  His remains were not found until recently, when positive identification was finally made through DNA testing.
Eric and I were invited by the family to attend, and photograph, LCDR Broms' funeral service at Arlington Cemetery on Friday, September 7, 2012.  Here are some of the images:  (Click on any photo to enlarge).
The caisson arriving at the Old Post Chapel in Fort Myer, VA

Fellow Naval officers carry the flag and the remains of LRDR Broms following the service.

Dozens of soldiers and a full military band awaited outside the Chapel.

Following the band and the caisson, the family walked to the gravesite, followed by an entourage of vehicles of invited guests.

A timeless scene .. The caisson making its way through the green hills of Arlington National Cemetery.

Preparing for the graveside service.

Missing man formation.

Taps was played.

Naval officer presenting the flag to LCDR Broms' sister, Marjorie.
Following the solemn ceremony was a lovely reception at the Washington Golf and Country Club.  Eric presented Marjorie Broms Waddell with a piece of Intrepid's flight deck and a certificate to dedicate a Seat of Honor aboard Intrepid in his honor.

I've prepared a 27-page 8" x 8" hardcover book containing 80 photos of the ceremony and reception which is available to family and friends of LCDR Broms'.  Kindly contact me for information.

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  1. I will never forget him or what he symbolized, for my generation. Mahalo (thank you).
    Marti Wukelic
    (POW bracelet wearer)

  2. I wore his bracelet for many years. Rest in Peace Ginny Lovell San Diego