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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
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

Namesort descending Service Branch
CWT Paul Hanson USN
Sea 2c Richard Hassell USN
TM 2c Robert Hellam USN
Sea 2c Robert Hiler USN
Sea 2c George Hoeger USN
Sea 1c Edgar Hover USN
MM 2c Henry Howard USN
F 1c George Howland USN
F 2c Ralph Humphrey USN
StM 3c Roosevelt James USN
StM 1c Albert Johnson USN
Sea 1c Lyle Kilgore USN
PhM 2c Robert Leach USN
F 2c Druis Ledet USN
MM 1c Donald Leippe USN
StM 2c Nolan Leon USN
EM 2c Gerald Lesh USN
F 2c Wilfred Letourneau USN
TM 1c Raymond Libby USN
F 2c Ferdinand Lindenlaub USN


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