USS Brownson (i)(DD-518)

Casualty List

 

Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Fletcher 
Pennant DD 518 
Built by Bethleham Steel Co. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 15 Feb 1942 
Laid down 24 Sep 1942 
Launched 3 Feb 1943 
Commissioned 27 Dec 1943 (Lt Cdr Joseph Benedict Maher).
Lost sank off Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in position 0520'S, 14825'E
History  
  While escorting landing craft to New Britain, a Japanese dive bomber released two 500 pound bombs, blowing away the Brownson's upper structure. She took on a list to starboard and settled rapidly, her back broken.   108 died and 42 were wounded and the 169 survivors, including the Commanding officer, were rescued by the USS Daly/Lamson.