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Alfred J. Bronk, US Navy, LST499.
Alfred J Bronk in World War 2 with unknown woman
Alfred J Bronk photo in Newburgh, New York, 1943, with unknown woman
Boatswain’s Mate, 3rd Class, US Navy

Alfred Joseph Bronk

Service No.: 2251075
Ship Assignment: USS LST499

Born on May 7, 1925, in Newburgh, Orange County, New York, USA, Alfred Joseph Bronk served in World War Two as a Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class in the US Navy. Bronk’s story is one of resilience, courage, and unwavering commitment to his country.

Surviving Operation Tiger

In April 1944, Bronk was stationed in England, preparing for what would become one of the most significant military operations in history — the Normandy invasion. During this period, he participated in Exercise (Operation) Tiger.

Aboard USS LST499, Bronk survived the action unscathed.

The Trials of D-Day

Just weeks later, on June 6th, 1944, Bronk faced another test of courage during the D-Day invasion. His ship, LST 499, successfully dropped off soldiers on the Normandy beaches and began ferrying casualties back to safety. However, tragedy struck when the ship hit a mine, causing water to pour in.

Once again, Bronk’s indomitable spirit saw him through this harrowing ordeal, although he was injured.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Alfred Joseph Bronk passed away on July 1st, 2014, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor, Orange County, New York, USA—a resting place befitting a true American hero.

We would like to thank Alfred’s daughter, Kathleen Bronk Ridgeway, for contacting us and providing us with background resources.