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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
MM 2c John Bean USN
BM 2c Robert Smith USN
Sea 1c Conrad Raggard USN
Sea 2c Robert Hiler USN
QM 3c Jack Davis USN
MM 2c John Madden USN
StM 1c Albert Johnson USN
TM 3c George Beckelheimer USN
StM 2c Isaac Smith USN
Sea 1c Patrick Rapp USN
TM 2c Robert Hellam USN
Sea 1c Enrico Deluicio USN
F 2c Wilfred Letourneau USN
Sea 1c Boyed Williams USN
Sea 2c Elbert Bishop USN
MM 3c Floyd Rowe USN
MM 2c Roland Proctor USN
MM 1c Grover Hamblin USN
RM 3c Thomas Delano USN
EM 2c Gerald Lesh USN