Aviation Machinist's Mate 3C Howard Carl Bramer

September 10, 1919–October 19, 1943

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Enlistment Date: September 4, 1942
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Component: USNR
Residence: Onslow, Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years high school
Occupation: Laborer
Marital Status: Single, Without Dependents


Howard Bramer Killed in Action

WYOMING—Howard C. Bramer, aviation machinist mate third class in the Navy, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, as a result of an airplane crash, according to word received last Thursday from the War department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bramer. No further details were given.

Bramer was 24 years old at the time of his death. He was born near Wyoming Sept. 10, 1919, and graduated from Onslow high school in 1937. He enlisted in Sept. 1942, and received boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and advanced training at Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, Cal. He was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific area.

Survivors include his parents and one sister, Lila, at home.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, October 28, 1943


Memorial service for Howard Carl Bramer, Machinists mate second class, who was killed in action Oct. 19, was held Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p. m. at Onslow Presbyterian church, with Rev. Frank Schroeder officiating.

Mrs. Clarence Doll sang two musical selections accompanied by Mrs. C. R. Smith. At close of service second gold star was added to the service flag, while taps were played by Lavern Urban.

Born In 1919

Howard was born Sept. 10, 1919, the only son of Fred and Ava Streeper Bramer. Except for four years spent at Royal Oak, Mich., he lived his entire civilian life in Onslow-Wyoming area.

A graduate of Onslow high school, Howard enlisted in the Navy Sept. 4, 1942 and was sent to Great Lakes Naval training station, near Chicago, for his boot training. He received his advanced training in Chicago, and was then assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic.

Transferred to Pacific

He was transferred later to the Pacific coast and his parents received his certificate of promotion to second class rank the day before they received official notification of his death.

He is survived by his parents, and one sister, Lila.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, November 11, 1943