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 Brenner Cox Beverly

Brenner Cox Beverly

Death 30 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot R, 0, 6
Memorial ID 364333 · View Source
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Brenner served as a Fireman Second Class, U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA-36), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on December 13, 1941 in Houston, Texas. He was assigned to the Minneapolis on January 17, 1942.

Brenner was promoted to the rank of Fireman Second Class on September 1, 1942.

The Minneapolis, was trying to intercept a Japanese force attempting to reinforce Guadalcanal. During which would become known as the the Battle of Tassafaronga, the Minneapolis took two torpedo hits, one on the port bow, the other in her number two fireroom, causing loss of power and severe damage. The Minneapolis survived the attack and the war.

Brenner was "Killed In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on September 1, 1949.

Service # 3605303

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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The Minneapolis received 16 battle stars for World War II service, placing her among the most decorated U.S. ships of World War II.

Minneapolis crew interred here include:

Bellows, Max L ~ WT1, IN
Beverly, Brenner C ~ F2, TX
Clemens, Elden W ~ F3, CA
Croft, Cleo G ~ WT2, CA
Davis, James B ~ F1, WY
King, Francis M ~ F1, IL
Newman, Jeff E ~ S1, CO
Strong, Elton M, Jr ~ S2, TX
Watkins, James H ~ WT1, CA

Four Unknown

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Historical Note:

The Battle of Tassafaronga was considered to be a Japanese Victory.

U.S. losses included 395 killed and the loss of the U.S.S. Northampton (CA-26).

Japanese losses included 197 killed and the loss of Destroyer Makinami.

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





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  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 364333
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Brenner Cox Beverly (unknown–30 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 364333, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .