MORGAN L. BRETT, JR., LT, USN
Morgan Brett, Jr. '43
Date of birth: February 3, 1921
Date of death: July 27, 1946
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
From the August 6, 1946 issue of the San Francisco Examiner:
Lt. Morgan L. Brett, Jr., U.S.N., 25, son of Mrs. Zillah Quayle Brett of Palo Alto, died recently from an undisclosed illness in a Naples, Italy, hospital the Navy announced yesterday in Washington.
Lieutenant Brett, a veteran of the Pacific fighting, was wounded by shell fragments in April last year. He was appointed to Annapolis in 1938 by the late Senator William G. McAdoo. Brett's father, Col. Morgan L. Brett, Sr., lives at Fallen Leaf Lake.
From the August 6, 1946 Detroit Free Press: "Lieut. Morgan L. Brett, Jr., 25, of San Francisco and Washington, a veteran of the Pacific, in Naples."
The September 1946 issue of Shipmate, which listed all losses from the war years, has "Died 17 April 1945. Asiatic Area. Enemy action." He is listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall consistent with a date of death of April 17, 1945. The Register of Alumni gives this date and lists him as killed in action. He is included on a page listing "Stanford Men and Women who made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II."
He does not appear in the list of Navy overseas casualties.
His name is included in the "Modern Biographical Files" section of the Naval History and Heritage Command site.
Memorial Hall Error
Unless Morgan died of his wounds — which is not implied by the newspaper reports of his death, and which would be exceptionally odd given his overseas location — he should not be listed as killed in action in Memorial Hall. As the only credible report of his death is from "illness," he should likely not be listed at all.