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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

Namesort ascending Service Branch
F 2c Kenneth Martin USN
MM 3c Jesse Mannin USN
MM 2c John Madden USN
F 2c Elvin Lyons USN
F 2c Daniel Lynch USN
Sea 1c Leonard Lopp USN
F 2c Ferdinand Lindenlaub USN
TM 1c Raymond Libby USN
F 2c Wilfred Letourneau USN
EM 2c Gerald Lesh USN
StM 2c Nolan Leon USN
MM 1c Donald Leippe USN
F 2c Druis Ledet USN
PhM 2c Robert Leach USN
Sea 1c Lyle Kilgore USN
StM 1c Albert Johnson USN
StM 3c Roosevelt James USN
F 2c Ralph Humphrey USN
F 1c George Howland USN
MM 2c Henry Howard USN