In Memory of
Thomas Benedict Brady
Yankton, South Dakota
April 13, 1920 – November 28, 1943 (Presumptive)
Killed in Plane Crash off Coast of Panama
Thomas Benedict Brady was born on April 13, 1920, at
Worthing, South Dakota, to Frank M. Brady and Ruth McMahon Brady. He had two
brothers and a sister.
Thomas was a student at Yankton College and had previously
attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the University of
Nebraska. Thomas Brady reported as an aviation cadet on February 19, 1942, was
appointed a Naval aviator on July 11, 1942, and graduated from Pensacola,
Florida Naval Academy, on August 17, 1942, as an ensign. He then reported for
duty as part of a Scouting Squadron.
Ensign Thomas Benedict Brady was stationed at a Naval Air
Station in Coco Solo, Panama. Navy Ensign Brady was on a search and patrol
mission in the Atlantic area searching for enemy submarines that were believed
to be in the area. He was flying a Kingfisher Dive Bomber and was accompanied
by a radio operator/gunner. His squadron had a rendezvous point established at
which they were all to return to at a certain time. Brady and his crew did not
show up at the agreed-upon point as scheduled. No trace was ever found of him,
his crew, his airplane, or any wreckage. He was designated missing in action
for one year, and was then declared killed in action.
Thomas Brady is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the
East Coast Memorial, New York City. He earned the American Defense Service Medal
and the American Area Campaign Medal.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Dan Brady, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle
School, Spearfish, South Dakota, February 17, 2000, and updated 2002.
Information for this entry was provided by Frank J. Brady of Yankton, brother of
Navy Ensign Thomas Brady, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and a