The Measure of a Man: My Father, the Marine Corps, and Saipan
Kathleen Broome Williams. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 224 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $34.95.
Reviewed by Richard B. Frank
Roger G. B. Broome III, born and raised in rural Virginia and Washington State, became a Marine Corps Reserve officer in February 1941, after graduating from the University of Virginia. He served in the United States, Brazil, and finally the Pacific. The author is Broome’s daughter, born in September 1944, between her father’s wounding on Saipan in July 1944 and his death in January 1945. This haunting work is a hybrid: at once a biography of a World War II Marine who was awarded a Navy Cross and a memoir of a daughter in search of the father she never knew.