Brett, George Henry, BM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, BM-0000, USS Hoel (DD-533)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hesperus, CO
Last Address
2040 N Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1936-1943, BM-0000, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1943-1944, BM-0000, USS Hoel (DD-533)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation of Attu
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation on Kiska
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to COX
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to BM2
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to BM1
  Dec 07, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

BM1 Brett was stationed aboard the USS Hoel (DD-533). During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the ship was the target of both torpedoes and large caliber gun fire from Japanese ships. Although the Hoel was damaged, her crew continued to fight. Once the ship was damged and the captain knew the ship would be lost, he ordered the ship be abandoned. The men continued to leave the ship until it rolled over and sank. Of the crew, 253 men died either because they didn't get off the ship or drowned while awaiting rescue. It is unknown into which category Brett should be placed. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3719681

The information contained within this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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