BROCK, HARRY GILES
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BM3, E-4 U.S. NAVY
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HARRY GILES BROCK, BM3, U.S. NAVY, ODESSA, ECTOR COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Harry was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the youngest son and child of Ona Laverne Gudgel and Harry Carson Brock. He attended Odessa schools after moving to Odessa in 1958. His parents divorced in 1960 and he lived with an older sister. His father died in May 1964. He joined the U.S. Navy from Odessa, Texas in 1965.
He arrived in Vietnam in June 1966 and was assigned to PCF-77, PCFDIV-102, TF 115, which were Swift Boats, River Patrol Service. On November 15, 1966, PCF-77, the swift boat was at sea with seven men aboard. They were:
LTJG David G. Wilbourne, OIC
BM1 Alma Twichell
BM3 Harry Giles Brock
RM3 Bruce Allan Timmons
MRC Willy Scott Baker, passenger
As the boat was in the approaches to the mouth of the Hue River, reportedly searching for a crewman washed overboard from PCG-21 during a monsoon storm, it was overtaken by a 30 foot wave which flipped her bow-down, stern-up and sank her immediately. Three men were below deck were trapped and lost at sea. The bodies of two men, Chief Petty Officer Baker and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brock, were recovered, Petty Officer 3rd Class Timmons' body was not.
Several days later, when divers attempted to located the wreckage.
"The largest piece they found was a piece of 'rolled aluminum' not more than 18' in length. The boat had been ripped apart by the sea, the sandy bottom and during the course of the storm had been torn into small, unrecognizable pieces. The recovered aluminum piece looked as it had been rolled up, like newspaper, and then been polished silvery bright." As recalled by Anthony R. Taylor, LTJG, Officer in Charge PCF -16.
BM3 Brock was buried with full military honors in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, Florida. He was survived by his mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Shatto of Tampa, Florida, his sister Mrs. B.F. Boyce of Odessa; two brothers, Roland of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Raymond of Palo Alto, California. He was also survived by his maternal grandmother Mrs. Alice Hays of Clarinda, Iowa.
His mother passed away May 3, 2005 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, Florida