From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Brett Bekken '89

Date of birth: July 28, 1967

Date of death: April 21, 2004

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

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From Travis Manion Foundation:

Major Brett Bekken was killed on April 21, 2004 when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed in the California desert during a training mission. He was on a two-plane formation exercise when the accident occurred. Major Bekken, a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was a member of VFMA-112 based out of Fort Worth, TX.


From Funeral Plans:

Bekken, Brett M, Major, "Boo Boo" USMC

April 21, 2004. Age 36 years. Loved and loving son of Ron and Sue. Dear friend and loving brother of Eric. Beloved uncle of Ashley and Marissa Bekken. Further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins , friends and his beloved Marine Corps brothers. Brett was a graduate ('85) of Greendale High School and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989. He proudly served in the Marine Corps for 10 years and remained active with a reserve detachment located in Fort Worth,TX. Employed as a First Officer for American Airlines.


From the Naval Academy Alumni Association's updated "In Memoriam" page:

Brett was the type of person you wanted to be around. He was always up to something good and he made you want to be a part of it. Brett was a caring person, generous with his time and talents. Fair winds and following seas, my friend--you are missed. Tony Newpower '89


Listed in all news stories as Major, but in Memorial Hall as LTCOL (which is also on his headstone). Posthumous promotion?

Class of 1989

Brett is one of 6 members of the Class of 1989 on Virtual Memorial Hall.