USS Brownson (i) (DD 518)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethleham Steel Co. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||9 Sep 1940|
|Laid down||15 Feb 1942|
|Launched||24 Sep 1942|
|Commissioned||3 Feb 1943|
|Lost||27 Dec 1943|
|Loss position||05.20S, 148.25E|
Sponsored by Mrs. Cleland S. Baxter, granddaughter of Admiral Brownson.
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. Brownson (Lt Cdr Joseph Benedict Maher) sank off Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in position 05º20'S, 148º25'E. 109 died and 42 were wounded and the 169 survivors, including the Commanding officer, were rescued by the USS Daly/Lamson.
Commands listed for USS Brownson (i) (DD 518)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Joseph Benedict Maher, USN||3 Feb 1943||27 Dec 1943|
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