Check out the comments to the entry on Irvin Brooks, where Brooks’s great-great-niece (if that’s the correct term; that is, the great-granddaughter of his sister) has written in to tell us what she knows of him. I thought I’d go ahead and post what other information I have relating to him.
Here is his draft card from 1942:
This is his record in the U.S. Veterans’ Gravesites database:
Irvin Woodberry Brooks
Born 5 June 1891
Served in the U.S. Navy starting 19 October 1913
Died 4 February 1966
Buried Long Island National Cemetery.
I still need to dig up the article “Irving” Brooks wrote about the Royal Giants for the Baltimore Afro-American in 1924; I should be able to post it in the next couple of days.