Skip to content
Bernard Charles Brosig, Jr.
Private First Class
Branch of Service:
City: Johnstown
State: Pennsylvania
County: Cambria
Honored By:
Michael F. Brosig, Sr. Michael F. Brosig, Jr.
Military Service:

Bernard C. Brosig, Jr.
U.S Army Private First Class

Born in 1924, Bernie grew up in Woodvale and old Conemaugh Borough, attended St Joseph’s grade school, and graduated from Catholic High School in 1942.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March 6, 1943, and went to Camp Callen in San Diego, California, for basic training. After basic training, he went to Camp Davis North Carolina and got assigned to the 634 Automatic Weapons Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division and in World War II served overseas as an anti-aircraft gunner. Bernie landed on the Beaches of Normandy on day 1 of that battle. Then he went on to fight as a member of the 106th Division which got shredded and they received a citation for their action at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944. Then he fought at the Remagen Bridge in Germany in March 1945. After that, he was transferred to the 3rd Army to push across Germany. When World War II ended in 1945, he traveled back across the Atlantic, and fell in love with the song, “Sentimental Journey”, and later, learned to play that song on the piano, which he still could do when he passed away at age 95. He was Honorably Discharged on May 9, 1946.
While serving as a volunteer for the Explorer Scouts, he was introduced to his future wife Marguerite Saintz at a dance the Scouts were hosting. They married in 1947 bought a house on Lunen Street in Lorain Borough and had 3 boys. Later they moved to Highland Avenue in Moxham.
Bernie worked at Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown and later got a job working at Cambria Equipment company on Johns Street across the bridge from the Point Stadium repairing “tubed“ television sets. He also moonlighted working with several TV repair companies in the area. He took an online course at the Cleveland Institute of Technology. When he graduated, he took a job working at the transmitter on the top of Laurel Ridge for WJAC-TV. Later, when they no longer manned the tower from sign-on to sign-off during the broadcast day, he was transferred to the Control Room at the station on Old Hickory Lane and worked as a cameraman in the studio and manned some of the equipment in the control room. He retired in 1989.
He loved driving sportscars and his best sports car moment was driving a Pontiac GTO on the sand at Daytona Beach in the early 1970’s. When living in Lorain Borough, he helped develop the Lorain Moxham Little League field, and was the head coach for the Blue Birds, which his two boys played on when the league consisting of four teams started up in 1958.
Later in life, he and his wife moved into a mobile home in Stonehedge Court on Walters Avenue in Johnstown. Before passing away both he and his wife moved into Arbutus Park Manor, a home for the elderly due to physical diseases. His wife passed away in May of 2019, and Bernie passed away a year later in May of 2020.

He was a loving husband, a good and kind-hearted man, and a very good role model. He and Mom gave me a good upbringing and value structure to prepare me for the challenges that we face here on Earth!

Back To Top