ROBERT W. BRIGHTMAN, ENS, USN
Robert Brightman '45
Date of birth: September 21, 1921
Date of death: December 18, 1944
From the 1945 Lucky Bag:
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.
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.