Ivan Clifford Broeffle was born on August 20, 1946, in Emo, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Clarence Warren Broeffle and Nancy Johnson Broeffle of Flanders, Ontario, the dear brother of Edmond Donald Two Rivers/Broeffle, George, Ralph, Morris, William Broeffle; sisters Merella, Ida, and Ethel.
Clarence and his brother Ernie immigrated to Canada from New York to Emo, where he married Nancy, a native American from Seine River, Ontario. In 1956 the family moved to Sapawee, and at the age of 15, Ivan moved to Downers Grove, Illinois, to live with his older sister Ida Colgan and her husband, George. Ivan eventually enlisted in the US Army in Chicago, and after recruit training, he arrived in Vietnam on March 2, 1968, where he was assigned to and served with Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade.
On April 9, during a combat patrol, PFC Broeffle, who was on point, set off a booby trap, and the resulting explosion caused his death by multiple fragmentation wounds from the hostile explosive device.
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