Follow Us

Follow us   

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
F 1c Walter Wilson USN
Sea 2c Elbert Bishop USN
Sea 2c Leonard Rozmus USN
MM 3c Lugo Pennacchio USN
CWT Paul Hanson USN
RM 3c John Delaney USN
TM 1c Raymond Libby USN
GM 1c Earl Burt USN
MM 3c Alfred Reinke USN
CMM Charles Thurman USN
Sea 2c Richard Hassell USN
CRM Linton Foster USN
StM 2c Nolan Leon USN
Bkr 3c Fred Carroll 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
SC 3c William Carrozzella USN