It was 7am on the morning of 9/12/ 2001 as the C-141C Starlifter descended over the battlefields of Princeton, Paoli, and Valley Forge, and crossed the Delaware on it's way to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. Battlefields that Brodheads would fight along side George Washington during the revolution.
One of only a handful of military aircraft in the sky that day, the Aircraft had flown from "Sea to shining sea" without hearing one radio call from another aircraft. The Starlifter had taken off from March AFB, California at 11PM on 9/11/2001. We were hauling FEMA assets, and rescue dogs which were bound for New York.
As the dawn settled across the Eastern seaboard, the C-141C crew could see the smoke from the collapsed twin towers from 35,000 feet and over a 100 miles away, the sun burning brightly in the back ground.
on August 27th, 1664, at basically this same location on Manhattan, my Great plus Grandfather, Captain Daniel Brodhead I , "Second in Command of the Nichols Expedition," would disembark from British “Man-O-Wars” along with 500 British troops, and force the surrender of New Amsterdam.
New Amsterdam would be renamed New York and English speaking rule established.
On the night of August 26th and morning of August 27th ,1776, within blocks of this same location, my Great plus Granduncle Colonel Daniel Brodhead IIII, would defend George Washington’s midnight retreat across the East river from Brooklyn Heights, after the defeat at the “Battle of Long Island!” Next, under the command of Thomas Mifflin, an original signer of the Constitution, Daniel Brodhead and his Pennsylvanian riflemen would tend the fires on the Manhattan side of the East river to fool Howe's forces as George Washington and his army retreated to Fort Washington.
Daniel's son Ensign would be captured, spend time on a prison ship, and die from wounds sustained during the battle. Daniel's Brother Luke would be musketed , captured, and spend several months in a disease ridden British prison ship on the Hudson. Previous to the "Battle of Long Island," Luke would be a soldier in the 1st American Rifle regiment and protect the "Guns of Ticonderoga" atop "Dorchester Heights" at the siege of Boston.
Daniels son Daniel V would be wounded and captured at Fort Washington and also spend time on a British prison ship.
The Brodhead brothers would later join their “Band of Brothers” at “Valley Forge” and “Take the oath of Allegiance “to America.
While In the presence of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, a ragtag army, and several of the original signers of the “Constitution”, the Brodhead brothers would share fire, and inoculate themselves against “Small Pox” with the open sore fluid of dying Pennsylvania patriots. Daniel Brodhead would become one of George Washington's generals, a dear friend, and commander of the Western department headquartered at Fort Pitt. Luke Brodhead would be on Marques De lafayette's staff and help him learn english. He woud be wounded several more times. While at Valley Forge, Daniel Brodhead would be the first officer that talked about VA benefits for the offspring of Continental soldiers that were killed in battle.
During the Mexican American War, Thornton Fleming Brodhead would fight in the 15th infantry under the command of Franklin Pierce at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, and Chapultepec. He along with Lee, Grant, Jackson, Longstreet, Pickett and other American civil war generals would be present as they hung the "San Patricios" and hoisted the American flag over the Chapultepec castle. This heinous event changed Franklin Pierce's views on Catholic oppression within New Hampshire government.
In 1861, Thornton F. Brodhead would raise the First Michigan cavalry (Wolverines) at the personal request of Abraham Lincoln. He and his Wolverines would be among the first to come to the defense of Washington DC. In August of 1862, Col. Brodhead would command the Verdiersville raid and almost capture Jeb Stuart. Instead they took Jeb Stuart's cavalier hat and purple overcoat as war prizes. He would also capture a dispatch between Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson detailing the entrapment of Pope's Army between the Rappahannock and the Rapidan possibly saving Popes troops from a severe beating.
Thorton F. Brodhead would be shot by Jeb Stuart's men at Bullrun creek during the 2nd battle of Manassas. Stuart's men would field strip him of his horse, saddle, boots, sword and pistols. Brodhead would be brevetted to general on his death bed. George Armstrong Custer would take command of the 1st Michigan later that year. The Michigan Cavalry Brigade would avenge Brodhead's death at the "Battle of Yellow Tavern," when Wolverine Sgt. Huff put pistol lead into Stuart.
At Appomattox, Robert E. Lee would have to ride through the mounted ranks of the 1st Michigan Cavalry on his way to the Appomattox courthouse and accept Grant's terms of surrender.
Brodheads have always been first. We were the first to establish english speaking rule in the New World. We were first to rise against British tyranny. We were the first delegates to the 1st Continental Congress. We were the first to join the 1st American Rifle regiment. We were the first to talk about Veteran's benefits. We were first among the "Founding fathers!" We would have been the first to get the British hangman's noose. Now Brodheads seek to put our children's futures first!
Brodheads have served in both chambers of Congress . We would pass legislation that funded the Mexican/American war. We would pass legislation that created the Washington Territory, the Oregon Territory, and the Transcontinental Railroad and telegraph. We would also pass legislation that provided 460 acre land grants to Oregon and Washingtonian pioneers. We would also work diligently to provide free land for all Veterans that fought for this country. In addition, we passed funding for the Capitol building extension which built the East, and West wings, Capitol Dome, and Congressional library. Then we filled the library with the writings of Thomas Jefferson. The list goes on and on.
Stephan would run for congress in Oregon. A few years later, he would find that his great uncle senator Richard H. Brodhead had voted yea for legislation that created the Oregon Territory. In 2012, Stephan would run for congress in Washington state. Senator Richard H. Brodhead had also voted for legislation that created the Washington territory. Mr. Brodhead would buy property in Pierce county. Thorton Flemming Brodhead had served with Franklin Pierce in Mexico, while John Brodhead had held a seat in the U.S. Congress for New Hampshire before Franklin Pierce. The next weird coincidence is finding that the road in and around Fernhill business district were previous military roads which were built by bills and legislation cosigned by Senator Richard H. Brodhead. Stephan's shop sets on this road. None of these things were known to Stephan Brodhead ahead of time. On August 27th 2014, Brodheads will have lived in America for 350 years.
Through out the history of the American dream, Brodheads have fought for this nation. We fought for English speaking rule, independence, Manifest Destiny, and Emancipation. Now we fight to preserve the American dream for our children. We fight to preserve our national sovereignty via secure borders and Reagan's immigration laws on the books. Anything less insults our American heritage.
Stephan Brodhead's resume:
Industrial Science Colorado State University
Flight Engineering Community College of the Air Force
Aircraft Maintenance Technology Community College of the Air Force
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Engineer Turbo jet Powered
Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant License
Boeing Manufacturing Engineer Acft. types B737, B757, E-3A, E6B
United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves Acft. types B-52G, B-52H, KC-135A, KC-10A, C-130, C-141B
United States Air Force Reserves Acft. types C-141B, C-141C 4200 flying hours
Stephan's father and uncle both served over 20 years in the Strategic Air Command.
Milton Brodhead, Stephan's father would serve in the Strategic Air Command's 1st Combat Evaluation group as a radar technician. He also performed a tour in the "Agent Orange" contaminated jungles of Vietnam. These were the folks that directed B-52 precison bomb strikes at the "Siege of Khe Sanh. Stephan's mother was a German immigrant that grew up on a farm in Bavaria during Hitler's 3rd Reich. Her father was a conservative senator in the Wiemar Republic and on Hitler's hit list in 1933. He would spend a few months at Dachau for not taking the oath to Hitler.
Douglas Brodhead would serve as a pilot in the Strategic Air Command. He would fly the B-17, B-29, KC-97, KC-135A, and B-52. He was also the Squadron Security officer during "Operation Chromedome!" Their mission was to fly the B-52 loaded with Nukes during the "Cold War".
Stephan served in SAC for 4 years as a B-52 G/H aircraft technician . The rest of his military career was spent in MAC and the Air Mobility Command "Reserves" as a C-141B/C Flight Engineer. He would fly worldwide in support of our national interest and be activated for Iraq. Stephan was a member of the 728th Airlift Squadron at McChord AFB from 1991 to 2000.
During the Iraq war Stephan would fly 100 combat related sorties and dozens of medivacs from Iraq to Germany and Washington DC
From 1989 to 2006, he was involved in pretty much every conflict that the U.S. Air Force was involved with.
Being legacy Air Force, the first words out of his mouth as an infant were, "googoo gaga air power"
Currently Stephan lives off of Tacoma residential rental property and also owns a small vehicle repair shop at the FernHill Historic business District
At the Boneyard some time in 2005. History chose me to take this proud C-141C Starlifter on it's final flight to Davis Monthan AFB.
This aircraft is affectionately known as the "Hanoi Taxi." She flew our Patriot POWs from the Hanoi Hilton at the end of Vietnam. History allowed me to operate this aircraft during the Iraq war. I was allowed the honor to fly our wounded patriots from Iraq to Germany and Washington DC. I did this for 18 months. It was the proudest aspect of my entire life, and topped off a military career that started in November of 1977. Duty, Honor, Country!!!
I had a rough start, but I believe I have honored my father's legacy. I believe I upheld my end of the bargain... I could have done better, but I did my best at the time....
Lastly, I have been disowned by the Washington State Republican Party for not going along with their "Vote For Pedro" shill for amnesty candidate scam....
What? After serving 350 years in uniform on this continent, I am supposed to go quietly into the night because a few Republican party bosses kick me off their Facebook?
I start the Fall political offensive forthwith!