|From Chicago Family History|
I have a cousin, Robert R. Brouk, who served in the American Volunteer Group, The Flying Tigers, in
in 1941-1942. In the summer of 1942 he returned home from his service in China China, to . He had a whirlwind romance with Virginia Schaerer and the two were married in November 1942. A month later, Robert was killed in a training accident in Cicero, IL while serving in the Air Force. Florida
When I began my research I had no idea what happened to his widow so could not obtain much personal information on him. The other members of that branch of the family had passed or were unable to be found. I got in touch with the AVG group online and by a stroke of luck, was able to obtain his Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. These were awarded Posthumously to many members of the AVG. His citation and medal are displayed proudly in my home to honor his service.
Years later his widow did contact me, thanks to her son who somehow stumbled across a post I made about Robert. Thanks to her kindness, I was able to hear the story of their romance and short marriage, her life after his death, and receive photographs of him and the two of them along with a typed copy of his diary, written during his service in
. It is my goal to write a book about Robert so he is forever remembered. China