MORGAN L. BRETT, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Morgan Brett, Jr. '43

Date of birth: February 3, 1921

Date of death: July 27, 1946

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Morgan's life or loss. He is listed as wounded at some point during the war. He is included on the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall; this, at the least, appears to be a mistake.

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 [Florida]." This date aligns closer to his actual date of death (which is plainly evident on his headstone).

The September 1946 issue of SHIPMATE, which listed all losses from the war years, has "Died 17 April 1945. Asiatic Area. Enemy action." This is identical to the August 1945 issue… which, of course, conflicts with the theory that he is included in Memorial Hall based on his death in 1946 from wounds sustained earlier.

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 hade the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II."

He is not listed as a qualified Naval Aviator. 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.

He was survived by his parents and two brothers. Both brothers served in the Army, and at least one was a graduate of West Point. He is buried in California.


Class of 1943

Morgan is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.