Willis Lee Brandon

Willis Lee Brandon

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Jul 1944 (aged 29–30)
At Sea
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 154942396 · View Source
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Birth year estimated from his age (6) in the 1920 census.
Willis served as a Oiler, S.S. Jean Nicolet, Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war. His next-of-kin shown in the Sunpapers on Aug. 14, 1944, is his wife Mrs. Rachel Brandon of 8525 Old Philadelphia Rd.

Willis was declared "Missing In Action" when the Jean Nicolet was hit by a torpedo and shelled by Japanese submarine I-8 and sunk off Ceylon during the war. He was awarded the Mariner's Medal.

His remains were not recovered.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett & Dan Phelan )
Dedicated to all Merchant Mariners who have served America from the Revolutionary War through the present day. In the prosecution of war and in pursuit of peaceful commerce, unrecognized thousands have lost their lives at sea. Their sacrifices have helped secure America’s liberty and prosperity. This sculpture was inspired by a photograph of the victims of a submarine attack on an American merchant ship during World War II. Left to the perils of the sea, the survivors later perished. This memorial serves as a marker for America’s Merchant Mariners resting in the unmarked ocean depths.
Dedicated October 8, 1991


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  • Maintained by: Dan Phelan
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 154942396
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willis Lee Brandon (1914–2 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 154942396, citing Maryland National World War II Memorial, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Dan Phelan (contributor 47709857) Body lost at sea.