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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
Sea 1c Edgar Hover USN
MM 1c John Balakin USN
StM 2c Henry Singleton USN
Sea 1c Arthur Quistgaard USN
Sea 1c J. Vaughn USN
EM 3c Richard Dougherty USN
F 2c Elvin Lyons USN
MM 2c Henry Howard USN
Sea 2c Charles Bannister USN
Sea 2c Damon Slack USN
Sea 1c Francis Quintairos USN
Sea 2c George Hoeger USN
TM 3c Orion Downs USN
F 2c Daniel Lynch USN
StM 3c Roosevelt James USN
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