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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
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 ascending Service Branch
F 1c Walter Wilson USN
Sea 1c Boyed Williams USN
Sea 1c J. Vaughn USN
WT 1c Theodore Trojan USN
MM 2c John Toth USN
MM 1c Robert Tolbert USN
CMM Charles Thurman USN
Sea 2c John Thompson USN
RM 2c Russell Thomas USN
F 2c Thomas Sweeney USN
TM 3c Harry Sutherlin USN
Sea 1c Hugh Sullivan USN
Sea 2c George Stone USN
BM 2c Robert Smith USN
StM 2c Isaac Smith USN
Sea 2c Damon Slack USN
StM 2c Henry Singleton USN
CEM Merlin Simpson USN
Sea 2c John Shuman USN
Sea 2c Walter Semple USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)