ROBERT W. BRIGHTMAN, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Brightman '45

Date of birth: September 21, 1921

Date of death: December 18, 1944

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Robert was lost when USS Spence (DD 512) capsized and sank in Typhoon Cobra on December 18, 1944. Three hundred seventeen men were lost from Spence; only 24 of her officers and crew survived. Unable to determine what Robert's billet was aboard, or when he reported.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in New Mexico.

The men and ships involved in Typhoon Cobra are extensively chronicled in "Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II" by Bruce Henderson.

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Henry Oates '45 and James Reid '45 were also in 6th Company.


Class of 1945

Robert is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.