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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 12, 1919
Date of death: December 15, 1946
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1941 Phillips LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Memphis, Tenn.

Have you heard about the latest glorious feats of Major Bob Neyland's orange-shirted Volunteers? Drop in and ask Brewster if you've got a few hours you can spare. From Memphis on the Mississippi, way down there in Tennessee, comes this jolly Rebel, and a truer son of Dixie never breathed. He came to us already something of a military man, having spent some of his school days at Columbia Military Academy, and he has had little trouble with the various executive and academic phases of academy life.

There's a rumor that he missed a hop once—must have been a broken leg or something equally as serious, for where there is a hop there must be blondes, and where there are blondes, there is Brewster.

Between hops he manages to get in time for a few of his other hobbies, notably bridge, music, sports of the season, and no small amount of letter writing. His ambition—to have the organ pound out the Hungarian Rhapsody while he marches down the middle aisle.

Battalion Football 4, 3, 2; Outdoor Rifle 4; Boat Club 3, 2, 1; Battalion Baseball 3; Small Bore 4.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


Brewster was lost when his F4U-4 Corsair crashed in the North Atlantic on December 15, 1946 while on a training flight from USS Randolph (CV 15).

The inscription on his memorial marker, in North Carolina, reads "In Loving Memory of Brewster Phillips, II, Son of Edwin B. and Marie Grainger Phillips, Born Oct. 12, 1919, Lost at Sea in Line of Duty Dec. 15, 1946"

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Brewster Phillips, II (NSN: 0-100243), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Class Navigation

Class of 1941
Brewster is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.
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