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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
Sea 1c Leonard Lopp USN
F 2c Daniel Lynch USN
F 2c Elvin Lyons USN
MM 2c John Madden USN
MM 3c Jesse Mannin USN
F 2c Kenneth Martin USN
GM 3c William Mcdonald USN
MM 3c George Meseth USN
Sea 2c Joseph Moskal USN
Sea 2c Charles Munsey USN
Sea 1c Herbert Murphy USN
Sea 2c William Nieto USN
Sea 2c Bruce Noe USN
Sea 2c Clifford Nold USN
MM 1c David Orr USN
MM 3c Lugo Pennacchio USN
MM 2c Roland Proctor USN
Sea 1c Francis Quintairos USN
Sea 1c Arthur Quistgaard USN
Sea 1c Conrad Raggard USN


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