Brockman was born in Greensboro in December, 1895, and at age 101, he is one of the few living North Carolinians who served in the war. He joined an ambulance company being organized by the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross, and it was sworn into the Army in June 1917. The company, now called Ambulance Company No. 321, joined the 81st \"Wildcat\" Division, which included many North Carolinians. Brockman arrived in France on August 24, 1918, and the last battle the company took part in was the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After the war, he settled in Greensboro where he worked with an office supply store.