From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Brainerd '55

Date of birth: June 2, 1933

Date of death: September 19, 1960

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1955 Lucky Bag:

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Fort Officer’s Brother Dies in Sea Crash
The crash of a Navy plane at sea Monday killed two Navy pilots, one of them the brother of Earl B. Broome of Fort McClellan.

Navy sources identified the victims as Lt. John Lowell Brainerd, the pilot and Lt. (j.g.) Bobby Stuart Broome, the co-pilot. Two enlisted men were injured.

A Fort McClellan spokesman said the Broomes are from Columbus, Miss. Major Broome is chief of the Chemical Branch, Technical Division, the Chemical Corps School.

The Navy said the two officers were killed when their twin-engine S2F tracker plane stalled at low altitude and crashed into the Atlantic 300 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., late Monday.

In addition to his brother, Lt. Broome is survived by the widow, Mrs. Carolyn Broome. Brainerd is survived by the widow, Mrs. Roberta Brainerd of Norfolk, Va. Anniston Star, September 21, 1960

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.


From the November 1960 issue of Shipmate:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of JOHN LOWELL BRAINERD, who lost his life as a result of an aircraft accident on 19 Sept 1960 which occurred during ASW operations at sea with VS-26 aboard the USS RANDOLPH. He had been flying with Task Group Alfa for 2 years. He is survived by his widow, Roberta Gross Brainerd, and 3 children, Roberta, John and Philip.

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John's brother, Phillip Brainerd '56, was lost in an aircraft crash almost exactly a year and a half before.

Bobby Broome '57 was also lost in this crash.

Robert Bartlett '55 was also in the 13th Company; they share the same page in the Lucky Bag.

Class of 1955

John is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.