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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 1c Edgar Hover USN
Sea 2c George Hoeger USN
Sea 2c Robert Hiler USN
TM 2c Robert Hellam USN
Sea 2c Richard Hassell USN
CWT Paul Hanson USN
MM 1c Grover Hamblin USN
SOM 3c George Grossman USN
CMM John Gifford USN
Sea 2c Leonard Gifford USN
MM 1c James Gibson USN
Sea 2c Grady Gamble USN
WT 1c Joseph Fuci USN
MM 3c Charles Frank USN
CRM Linton Foster USN
Bkr 2c Clyde Foster USN
F 2c Bennie Foss USN
Sea 1c Joseph Fennie USN
RM 3c Wallace Edwardson USN
SOM 3c Alfred Dusak USN