Herbert Brigdon Syrett was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 28, 1911, the son of Herbert Syrett and Bertha Stuetzer. A graduate of New York University, he worked as an insurance agent in Montvale, New Jersey, where he lived with his widowed mother. On December 3, 1942, Syrett joined the United States Army. He trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, from December 1943-April 1943, and attended Officer Candidate School at Camp Barkeley, Texas, from April 1943-August 1943. Syrett served at Camp Grant, Illinois, from August 1943-December 1943, when he was transferred to Hawaii for jungle training with the 102nd Medical Battalion of the United States Army's 27th Division. He served in Saipan; Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu); Okinawa Island, Japan; and several Japanese cities from May 1944-December 1945. He became a member of the 1st Cavalry Division in December 1945, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter. After the war, he worked for Lederle Labs in Pearl River, New York. Herbert B. Syrett died on January 14, 2002.