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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 (Gregg), TX.

John registered for the draft ca. 1940.  His entered service on 5 May 1941.

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.

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