Allied Warships

USS Brownson (i) (DD 518)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 518 
Built byBethleham Steel Co. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down15 Feb 1942 
Launched24 Sep 1942 
Commissioned3 Feb 1943 
Lost27 Dec 1943 
Loss position5° 20'S, 148° 25'E

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.


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1Joseph Benedict Maher, USN3 Feb 194327 Dec 1943

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