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is honored on Panel 40E, Line 58 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/30/03
    You will always be honored by your bravery and courage. You will always have great honor and respect upon you. God bless you, Katie.
  • Claimed as one of Philadelphia PA's 630 fallen sons.

    Posted on 3/23/03 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Photo was taken from the Philadelphia Daily News of October 26, 1987. The special supplement entitled, 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' was published in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

    Semper Fidelis, Father!

    Although listed from Washington DC, Father Brett's name appears on the 'wall' of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
  • He tried to help

    Posted on 4/10/01 - by Joseph Olszewski
    I was the Platoon Commander of the 3rd Platoon, Golf Company, 2/26th Marines from September, 1967 to February, 1968. Father Brett was the Battalion Chaplin.

    I remember working with him when one of my Marines discovered that his girlfriend was expecting his child. Father Brett tried to arrange for the girl's parents to send her to Hawaii so her and my Marine could be married before her delivery. It never happened as he was killed in April. But Father Brett tried.

    I would appreciate hearing from any of his relatives or any of the members of the 2/26th Marines who served at Phu Bia or Khe Sanh in 1967 and 1968.
  • A priest where the men needed him most

    Posted on 3/12/01 - by Robert Greer
    Robert R. Brett
    S. 29th Street, Tasker

    The Roman Catholic priest grew up on S. 29th Street in South Philadelphia, graduating from nearby St. Gabriel's School and later Catholic University in Washington, D.C. 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 Feb. 2, 1968, in Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, 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 Vietnam," recalled a family member. Survivors included two Sisters.
  • Dedication of Brett Hall

    Posted on 6/20/00 - by Edward M. Rouse, Lt. USMC
    Invitation Dedication of Brett Hall

    Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    The family of Chaplain Brett 2/26 and the Commanding Officer of the Naval Chaplain's School would be honored to have each and every Khe Sanh Veteran attend the dedication of Brett Hall this August 8th, 2000 at the Naval Chaplain's School in Newport Rhode Island.

    Sending invitations to each veteran is almost impossible so below is an exact copy of the invitation. If you wish to have a hard copy please contact me by e-mail with your name and address and I will mail you an invitation by snail mail. Please feel free to forward this message to any and all Khe Sanh Veterans and family....Semper Fidelis...Memory Eternal..

    Edward M. Rouse
    Lt. USMC
    Nephew of Chaplain Brett

    The Commanding Officer , Naval Education and Training Command request the pleasure of your company at the dedication of Brett Hall and the Graduation Exercises of Naval Chaplains School Class B000020 on Tuesday, the eigth of August two thousand at ten o'clock Naval Chaplains School Newport, Rhode Island.

    Uniform: Summer White
    Civilian: Informal

    RSVP (401)-841-2557

    The principle speaker will be General Charles E. Wilhelm, USMC Commander in Chief United States Southern Command


The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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