I don't know if you remember him. In 1972, He was the DJ on the NN radio station at night at times. Big guy,
balding. I don't remember what division he was in --probably some technical rate. He'd let me help him pick
records to play. Anyway, when we were loading up ammo at sea, he died as a result of an accident.
He had a wife and a few kids back in the states. I'm not sure of the spelling of his name. German names,
even your own, get spelled creatively at times. Broomfield? Brumfeld? Brumfeldt? etc.
I did not serve with Stephen Michael Brumfield, Mike was a classmate in high school.
We attended George Wythe High School in Wytheville, Virginia. I never saw him again after he joined the Navy. Then I
heard of his death on July 4, 1972. Mike was always smiling and laughing, always jolly, never let you see him down. You
could hear him laugh all over the halls of school and he was hard to miss roaming the corridors. He had an old Plymouth
with a Hemi engine in it that he would drag race every now and then, usually blowing out the clutch. Mike used to carry
his drums around in the back seat with him. He had a passion for life that was unmatched, lived life to the fullest. Rock
on Mike, till we meet again.
Gary L. White
AS ONE OF MIKE'S CLOSEST FRIENDS I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU A FEW THINGS ABOUT HIM. MIKE WAS KILLED ON JULY 4, 1972 LOADING
SUPPLIES. MIKE WAS ON BOARD WHEN I ARRIVED FOR MY TOUR OF DUTY IN 1970. SINCE WE WERE BOTH LARGE MEN AND IN THE SAME DIVISION
WE QUICKLY BECAME FRIENDS. TO THIS DAY HE IS STILL THE BEST FRIEND I HAVE EVER HAD. MIKE WAS TWENTY YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED.
HIS WIFE WAS NINETEEN AND EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT AT THAT TIME. THEY HAD NO OTHER CHILDREN. MIKE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND GOT
ALONG WITH EVERYONE. WE SPOKE OF STARTING A BUSINESS TOGETHER WHEN WE GOT OUT OF THE SERVICE. WE WENT ALMOST EVERYWHERE
TOGETHER, I EVEN MET HIS PARENTS, AND HIS IN-LAWS. MIKE AND I WERE BOTH DJs ON THE RADIO STATION AND SPENT MANY HAPPY HOURS
THERE, ALTHOUGH THE MONEY FOR RECORDS WAS LIMITED. MIKE IS THE ONE WHO TALKED ME IN TO BEING ON THE RADIO AND DOING A COUNTRY
SHOW. I WENT TO HE MIKE' S WIDOW AFTER I GOT OUT OF THE SERVICE AND SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM
AS A GREAT PERSON AND FRIEND, AND I WILL MISS HIM ALWAYS.
Depew, Craig A