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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 Patrick Rapp USN
GM 3c Chester Redmerski USN
Sea 2c Hubert Reed USN
MM 3c Alfred Reinke USN
MM 3c Floyd Rowe USN
Sea 2c Leonard Rozmus USN
Sea 2c Walter Semple USN
Sea 2c John Shuman USN
CEM Merlin Simpson USN
StM 2c Henry Singleton USN
Sea 2c Damon Slack USN
BM 2c Robert Smith USN
StM 2c Isaac Smith USN
Sea 2c George Stone USN
Sea 1c Hugh Sullivan USN
TM 3c Harry Sutherlin USN
F 2c Thomas Sweeney USN
RM 2c Russell Thomas USN
Sea 2c John Thompson USN
CMM Charles Thurman USN


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