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Hugh Parks Brown, Jr.

Merchant Marine. American

Born  Aug 1916
Died  Aug 2003(87)


 Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal

Roster information listed for Hugh Parks Brown, Jr.

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
City of AlmaSteam merchantThird Mate3 Jun 1942U-172 (1)

Personal information

Hugh Parks Brown, having been thrown into the sea, swam through the thick debris and remained afloat on an improvised raft until daybreak. After locating and assisting to the raft five widely separated shipmates, some of whom were injured, a capsized lifeboat was recovered. Brown succeeded in righting the lifeboat after diving beneath it and puncturing one of its tanks with a hatchet he had salvaged. Aboard the lifeboat he gave orders to cruise the area and came upon four other crew members in the water. Brown unhesitatingly swam to and assisted each safely aboard the craft. A makeshift sail was rigged, course set, and port reached four days later. Brown received the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for his actions.

Hugh ran the charter boat Reef Corsair out of Islamorada, Florida for several decades.


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