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Brownson

Sunday, December 26, 1943
Bombing Attack near New Britain
While providing support for the landings on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, two bombs from Japanese dive bomber struck Brownson on the ship’s centerline near the #2 stack ... Almost immediately after the bomb hit, a tremendous explosion occurred within the ship leveling the entire superstructure. The ship listed 10-15º settled rapidly amidships with bow and stern canted upward. Brownson sank 17 minutes after the bomb hit. The ship lost 108 of her crew I the incident. The survivors were rescued by friendly forces.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 106

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 1c Robert Tolbert USN
MM 2c John Toth USN
WT 1c Theodore Trojan USN
Sea 1c J. Vaughn USN
Sea 1c Boyed Williams USN
F 1c Walter Wilson USN

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