Robert Raymond BrettLieutenant
H&S CO, 2ND BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Navy
03 January 1936 - 22 February 1968
Washington, District of Columbia
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The database page for Robert Raymond Brett
The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
SEMPER FIDELIS, FATHER!
LT Robert R. Brett, USN, is claimed by Philadelphia as one of its fallen sons. LT Brett's name appears on the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
I was a seminarian with Bob Brett at Saint Mary's Manor in Penndel, Pennsylvania in the 1950's. I looked at his photograph today and still remember him from those days. I salute his dedication and courage and his sacrifice, but still feel sad over his early death.
From a former seminary school-mate,
I was a seminarian at Saint Mary's Manor in Penndel, Pennsylvania. Bob Brett was two years ahead of me. I admired him for his courage and self-sacrifice.
Robert P. Supina
A Note from The Virtual WallChaplain Robert Brett and his assistant, Marine PFC Alexander S. Chin, died together during a rocket attack on the Marine base at Khe Sanh. Their bodies were returned to the United States for burial, LT Brett in Penndel, Pennsylvania, and PFC Chin in Princess Anne, Maryland.
In late 1998, LT Brett's family arranged to have him reburied on Chaplain's Hill in Arlington National Cemetery - but they felt that PFC Chin, who had guarded and assisted LT Brett in life, should be afforded the opportunity to rest with him in death. A nephew, Edward Rouse, tracked down PFC Chin's family, who concurred. In the spring of 1999, Private First Class Alexander Chin joined Chaplain Brett at Arlington.
There is a Washington Post article on PFC Chin's memorial, entitled
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 5 Jan 2003
Last updated 10/11/2007