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Ross Bramwell '48

Date of birth: June 8, 1925

Date of death: September 4, 1951

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:


From The Salt Lake Tribune on September 7, 1951:

Lt. (j.g.). Ross K. Bramwell, 26, U. S. Navy, was killed Sept. 4 while flying a jet plane in combat over Korea, his wife, Mrs. Donna Rae Denkers Bramwell, 2526 Taylor Ave., was informed Thursday by the Department of Defense.

Lt. Bramwell had been in the Pacific area since last June and was assigned to Korea only three weeks ago. He was killed Tuesday while flying an F9F5 jet fighter in a combat zone, as a member of the 51st Fighter Squadron.

He was born June 8, 1925, in Ogden, a son of Wilfred L. and Josephine Spilsbury Bramwell. He was graduated from Ogden High School and Weber College which he attended under the Navy's V-12 program during World War II. After graduating from Weber College, Lt Bramwell attended Idaho State College at Pocatello and then received an appointment as midshipman to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. He later took Navy flight training at Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Tex., and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Antietam.

On April 29, 1948, he married Donna Rae Denkers, in Ogden. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Surviving are his widow and a daughter, Catherine Mary Bramwell, Ogden; his parents, Los Angeles, Cal.; six brothers and two sisters: Lawrence W. Bramwell La Jolla, Cal.; Kent S. Bramwell San Francisco; Dee R. Bramwell, Alexandria, Va.; Ray J. Bramwell, Houston, Tex.; Wendell Bramwell, Denver, Colo.; Dr Paul Bramwell, Bremerton Wash.; Mrs. R. G. James and Mrs. Joe T. Johnson, Ogden.

His aircraft "caught fire, probably due to AAA, crashed/exploded near Haengsan."

Though his remains were not recovered, he has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery.


His daughter, Catherine Bramwell, passed away on July 13, 2010. This obituary says her mother - Ross' wife - predeceased her.

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