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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 James Dunn USN
TM 3c Orion Downs USN
EM 3c Richard Dougherty USN
GM 3c George Donahue USN
Sea 1c Enrico Deluicio USN
RM 3c Thomas Delano USN
RM 3c John Delaney USN
QM 3c Jack Davis USN
SOM 3c Zelmer Crow USN
Lt Charles Conrey USN
Sea 2c Frank Colangelo USN
MM 1c Rowe Clark USN
Sea 1c Harry Christ USN
SC 3c William Carrozzella USN
Bkr 3c Fred Carroll USN
GM 1c Earl Burt USN
Sea 2c Elbert Bishop USN
TM 3c George Beckelheimer USN
MM 2c John Bean USN
Sea 2c Charles Bannister USN