From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Brooks, Robert H.

(born: 1915  -  died: 1941) 

Robert H. Brooks was born in Sadieville, KY, the son of Adeline Neal Brooks and Ray Brooks. He was the first African American to die in World War II, during the bombing of Clark Field in the Philippines. The main parade ground in Fort Knox, Brooks Field, is named in his honor. Brooks was passing for white when he joined the National Guard. He was assigned to Company D of the 192nd Tank Battalion. The U.S. Army learned that Brooks was African American after his death. For more see Pvt. Robert H. Brooks, a Proviso East High School website; and "Black History Month: Robert H. Brooks" The Courier-Journal, 02/06/2009, News section, p.3B.


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NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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“Brooks, Robert H.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 31, 2021,

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