Veterans' Memorial Project

Thomas Joseph Brett Jr.

Chicago, IL

World War II

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: Attended 1940-1941

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 03/24/1922

Date of Death: 07/24/1945

Affiliations: Phi Kappa Psi

Lt. Brett served with the 577th Bomber Squadron, 392 Bomb Group. He was a naval bomber pilot shot down over Japan. He was captured by Japanese forces and held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity. Before being transferred to the Pacific, he had served as a fighter pilot in Europe. Lt. Brett entered service in September, 1942. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, Section 82 Site 1E.

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, November, 1946, and Web site above and University records

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