PHILLIP C. BRAINERD, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Phillip Brainerd '56

Date of birth: November 9, 1934

Date of death: March 17, 1959

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1956 Lucky Bag:

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PHILLIP CARL BRAINERD

Norfolk, Virginia

From Oklahoma University, Phil came to the Academy to be identified at his approach by the sounds of heavy heels scraping across the deck. With a distant gleam in his eyes, a pleasant smile, and a positive personality, Phil seemed to be able to break the spell of any four N day. Through four years he proved a superior credit to the sport of wrestling, and to those for whom he fought. While drags interested him frequently, Phil never conquered his joy at being chosen as one of the "Cover Boys" for "Seventeen" magazine.

1956 Brainerd LB.jpg

PHILLIP CARL BRAINERD

Norfolk, Virginia

From Oklahoma University, Phil came to the Academy to be identified at his approach by the sounds of heavy heels scraping across the deck. With a distant gleam in his eyes, a pleasant smile, and a positive personality, Phil seemed to be able to break the spell of any four N day. Through four years he proved a superior credit to the sport of wrestling, and to those for whom he fought. While drags interested him frequently, Phil never conquered his joy at being chosen as one of the "Cover Boys" for "Seventeen" magazine.

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Obituary

From USNA '56:

Following graduation, Phil served in USS Moale (DD-693) for one year. Phil was lost when his F9F Panther jet crashed during his final phase of advanced flight training at NAS Kingsville, Texas.

Phil came from a proud Navy family. His Dad served as a mustang LCDR in the Supply Corps. Phil’s brothers are both USNA graduates: John in ’55, and George in ’59. Phil was the only undefeated member of the wrestling team his First Class year. He stood first in the Physical Training course. Selected by “Seventeen” magazine to represent Naval Academy midshipmen, Phil was featured on the front page in his Midshipman uniform.

Phil’s remains were escorted home by classmate Duane Barnhart, who was in advanced flight training with Phil. He is buried with his parents in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno CA, South of San Francisco. Phil is survived by his brother George, sister Alice, sister-in-law Roberta (brother John’s widow), twelve nieces and nephews, and nineteen grand nieces and nephews.

He is buried in California.

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Phil's brother, John Brainerd '55, was lost in an aircraft crash almost exactly a year and a half later.


Class of 1956

Phillip is one of 26 members of the Class of 1956 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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