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Brownson

Ship Designation: 
DD-518
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MM 1c Rowe Clark USN
Sea 2c William Nieto USN
Sea 1c Hugh Sullivan USN
Sea 2c Leonard Gifford USN
F 2c Bennie Foss USN
F 2c Ferdinand Lindenlaub USN
Sea 2c Frank Colangelo USN
Sea 2c Charles Munsey USN
TM 3c Harry Sutherlin USN
MM 1c James Gibson USN
Sea 1c Joseph Fennie USN
Sea 1c Leonard Lopp USN
Sea 1c William Adair USN
Lt Charles Conrey USN
Sea 1c Herbert Murphy USN
F 2c Thomas Sweeney USN
WT 1c Joseph Fuci USN
RM 3c Wallace Edwardson USN
Sea 1c Lyle Kilgore USN
EM 3c Zenis Amick USN

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