In Memory of
Navy Ensign
Thomas Benedict Brady
Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton County
April 13, 1920 – November 28, 1943 (Presumptive)
Killed in Plane Crash off Coast of Panama

Thomas Benedict Brady

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 newspaper clipping.