Brett, Robert Raymond, LT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 410X, 2nd Bn (2/26), 26th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Chaplain Christian

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Collingdale PA
Last Address
Immaculate Seminary
Lafayette, LA

Casualty Date
Feb 22, 1968
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40E 058 / Section: 2 Grave: E-88-RH

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Tributes and Resources posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
A Marist Remembered posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
A REUNION AT ARLINGTON posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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Chaplain's Basic Course2nd Bn (2/26), 26th Marine Regiment
  1967-1967, 410X, Chaplain's Basic Course
  1967-1968, 410X, 2nd Bn (2/26), 26th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
 Colleges Attended 
Catholic University of America
  1958-1962, Catholic University of America
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  Feb 22, 2015, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
The Roman Catholic priest Robert R. Brett, grew up on S. 29th Street in South Philadelphia, graduating from nearby St. Gabriel's School and later Catholic University in Washington DC. He was ordained in the Marist order in 1962 and enlisted in the Navy in 1967 while teaching at Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette, LA. The Navy lieutenant was killed on February 2, 1968, in Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam, at the height of the Tet offensive, when a Viet Cong mortar round hit a bunker in which he was celebrating Mass for members of the 3rd Marine Division. He was 32 years old. Brett "was neither a hawk or a dove, but he wanted to be where the men needed him most, so he requested overseas combat duty in Viet Nam," recalled a family member. 

His base was at Hill 558, where the 26th Marines had their command post, but it was common for Father Bob, as the Marines called him, to be out at the Marine positions, regardless of weather or enemy fire.

Chaplain 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..
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