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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
Sea 2c Leonard Rozmus USN
MM 3c Floyd Rowe USN
MM 3c Alfred Reinke USN
Sea 2c Hubert Reed USN
GM 3c Chester Redmerski USN
Sea 1c Patrick Rapp USN
Sea 1c Conrad Raggard USN
Sea 1c Arthur Quistgaard USN
Sea 1c Francis Quintairos USN
MM 2c Roland Proctor USN
MM 3c Lugo Pennacchio USN
MM 1c David Orr USN
Sea 2c Clifford Nold USN
Sea 2c Bruce Noe USN
Sea 2c William Nieto USN
Sea 1c Herbert Murphy USN
Sea 2c Charles Munsey USN
Sea 2c Joseph Moskal USN
MM 3c George Meseth USN
GM 3c William Mcdonald USN