Funeral Services Held Al Kilgore For
John DeBrock Funeral services for John David DeBrock, 41, a former
resident of Groesbeck [TX], were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
Eastview Baptist Church in Kilgore. A resident of Kilgore for a number
of years, Mr. DeBrock died Tuesday in the Veterans Hospital at
Shreveport, La. Before he became ill about four years ago he was
employed in Kilgore by a ceramics firm. Mr. DeBrock was born at
Groesbeck in September, 1919, and prior to moving to Kikgore was
employed with the Water Department of the city of Groesbeck. During
World War II he was a paratrooper and was captured by the Germans on
D-Day (June 6, 1944). He was a member of the Eastview Baptist Church of
Kilgore and was a Mason. Besides his wife, the former, Virlula Bradley
of Mexia, he is survived by one son, Leslie DeBrock of Kilgore. Among
those attending the funeral from this area were Mr. and Mrs. Millard
Wright and son, Tommy, of Mexia; L. F. Bradley of Mexia, and Mrs. Louie
Adkins of Groesbeck.
[The Mexia Daily News, Mexia, TX, 25 May 1961, Thu, Page 1]
[courtesy of Jacque Gray]
Grave marker application for
John D. DeBrock in Plot K, Block 5, Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore
John registered for the draft ca. 1940. His entered service on 5
Following basic training he entered jump school and
graduated on 7 July 1942.
On 2 October 1942 Special Order #109, Hq The Parachute School, Fort
Benning, GA, listed Pvt DeBrock to be transferred from the 1st Parachute
Training Regiment, Fort Benning, GA to the 508th PIR.
He was assigned to Hq Hq, Medical Detachment as a member of the cadre
team and was carried on the rolls on 16 October 1942.
On 11 November 1942 Pvt DeBrock was appointed to the rank of Pfc.
Attached to Hq 1st from Med Det, Pfc DeBrock was appointed to the grade
of T/5 on 4 March 1943
T/5 DeBrock was initially reported as missing in action on D-Day and
later his status was changed to captured. He was liberated from
Stalag 3C after the war ended.