Ralph William Broom was born at Ringold, Georgia, the son of Russell Broom and Dessie Mae Rains.
He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.
He served on the U.S.S. Johnson (DD557)
Wife: Mrs. Elizabeth McGee Broom, 1910 Bachman Street, East Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 19 January 1946
On the missing list since Oct. 25, 1944, S2C Ralph W. Broom, 22, husband of Mrs. Elizabeth M. Broom, 1910 Bachman Street, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell N. Broom, Alton Park, is presumed to have died in action on that date, when his ship, the USS Johnston, was sunk by enemy action off Samar Island in the Philippines, the Navy Department informed his wife. Seaman Broom entered navy duty in February, 1944, and when reported missing had been overseas two months. He attended Chattanooga Schools and was employed in a Brunswick, Ga., shipyard prior to entering military Service.
- Rank: Seaman Second Class
- Date of birth: 23 November 1917
- Date of death: 26 October 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: U.S.S. Johnson (DD557)
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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