CHRISTOPHER BRAYBROOKE, LTCOL, USAF

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 23, 1928
Date of death: October 8, 1967
Age: 39

Lucky Bag

1950 Braybrooke LB.jpg

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:

CHRISTOPHER BRAYBROOKE

Boonton, NewJersey

It was the Naval Academy first and Cornell second in Kit's educational desires, and to the Academy he came. A born scholar, he seldom worried about his own academics, but invested his concern in keeping his friends from slipping along the way. Kit devoted much of his time to athletics; he often came in battered and bruised from Batt Lacrosse, but still wearing his perennially nonchalant smile. Attractive women were his weakness, but a good argument excited him too. He won many of both. Sunnybrooke's success at the Academy can be traced to his thoroughness of preparation, his reliability, and his friendly and sincere personality.

Loss

From Together We Served:

Lt. Col Braybrooke was the pilot of a C-130B (#61-2649) that hit 1850 feet Thon Canh Duong Mountain 15 southeast of Phu Bai, Rvn., South Vietnam en route to Danang. along with 5 aircrew and 18 US servicemen.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Remembrances

From The Wall:

proud daughter

Hi Dad, Long time, no see. My daughters are grown up now, but you have two new, tiny grandsons Nicholas and Kit. Scott named the sweet one after you! He says he's as gentle and polite as you were, raising his tiny hand when he wants attention. Nicholas is the rowdy one who yells a lot. I wish you could see them and hold them. You would've been such a happy Grandad. I'm glad I was just old enough to know you as a happy Daddy. I wish it had been longer than 8 1/2 years. I was just getting good at the 'wrapping-Daddy-around-my-little-finger' when you were killed. I set the dinner table for you for over a year, and Scott waited every night out on the steps for you to come home. Mom must have suffered so much from losing the best man she'd ever known and loved, but she never showed it. She never, ever, got over losing you. I don't think any of us has. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. And miss you. And whenever I hear "Taps", I just cry and cry for the Daddy I knew and the Daddy I needed, but is dead. I loved you then, I love you still, Daddy's girl Kristen Braybrooke, November 22, 1999, ms_mantis@hotmail.com

From Wall of Faces:

My grandfather died when my mom was eight years old. I never got to meet him, but his loss has affected our family ever since. I hope today is the last day anyone's loved one will be lost to war. 3/28/13

Memorials

Kit is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As his loss was not due directly to hostile action, though, he does not appear in the VIetnam War section of the Killed In Action panel in Memorial Hall.

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Class Navigation

Class of 1950
Christopher is one of 35 members of the Class of 1950 in Memorial Hall.
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