USS BROWNSON was one of the GEARING - class destroyers and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on September 30, 1976, the BROWNSON was sold for scrapping on June 10, 1977, to North American Smelting, Bordentown, NJ.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: 1943|
|Keel laid: February 13, 1945|
|Launched: July 7, 1945|
|Commissioned: November 17, 1945|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1976|
|Builder: Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y.|
|FRAM I Conversion Shipyard: Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass.|
|FRAM I Conversion Period: 1963 - May 1964|
|Propulsion system: four boilers, General Electric geared turbines; 60,000 SHP|
|Length: 391 feet (119.2 meters)|
|Beam: 41 feet (12.5 meters)|
|Draft: 18.7 feet (5.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 3,400 tons full load|
|Speed: 34 knots|
|Aircraft after FRAM I: two DASH drones|
|Armament after FRAM I: one ASROC missile launcher, two 5-inch/38 caliber twin mounts, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts)|
|Crew after FRAM I: 14 officers, 260 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BROWNSON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS BROWNSON Cruise Books:
About the Ship's Name:
Born in Lyons, N.Y., 8 July 1845, Willard Herbert Brownson graduated from the Naval Academy in 1865. He commanded the protected cruiser DETROIT at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the revolution of 1893-94 and YANKEE during the Spanish-American War. From 1900 until 1902 he was Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He became Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic Fleet 15 October 1906. After his retirement in July 1907 he continued on active duty as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation by order of President Theodore Roosevelt. Rear Admiral Brownson died at Washington, D.C., 16 March 1935.
Accidents aboard USS BROWNSON:
|November 8, 1950||off Bermuda|
USS BROWNSON and her sistership USS CHARLES H. ROAN (DD 853) collide during night operations, killing four. BROWNSON receives heavy damage to her bow. She receives a temporary bow at the US Naval Base at Bermuda before heading for the Boston Naval Shipyard for repairs.