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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
TM 1c Raymond Libby USN
Bkr 3c Fred Carroll USN
MM 3c Alfred Reinke USN
CMM Charles Thurman USN
Sea 2c Richard Hassell USN
CRM Linton Foster USN
StM 2c Nolan Leon USN
SC 3c William Carrozzella USN
GM 3c Chester Redmerski USN
Sea 2c John Thompson USN
SOM 3c George Grossman USN
Bkr 2c Clyde Foster USN
MM 1c Donald Leippe USN
Sea 1c Harry Christ USN
Sea 2c Hubert Reed USN
RM 2c Russell Thomas USN
CMM John Gifford USN
MM 3c Charles Frank USN
F 2c Druis Ledet USN
MM 1c Rowe Clark USN