BREWSTER PHILLIPS, II, LCDR, USN
Brewster Phillips, II '41
Date of birth: October 12, 1919
Date of death: December 15, 1946
From the 1941 Lucky Bag:
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
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.
The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.
The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.
Ensign, USS Augusta