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USNS PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255)
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USAT PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (1948 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Whiskey - Alpha
NLWA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal


Pvt Leonard C. Brostrom Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1942, as SS Marine Eagle, a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 735) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 10 May 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 18 September 1943 for operation by American-Hawaiian S.S. Co.
  • Laid up, 29 October 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Reactivated, 27 March 1948, and transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, renamed USAT Private Leonard C. Brostrom
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 27 January 1950
  • Reactivated, 3 August 1950, and transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Placed in service as USNS Pvt Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255), 9 August 1950
  • Placed out of service in 1980
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 29 May 1980, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 June 1982, to Eastern Overseas Inc.,
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Armament none
    Complement 99
    Propulsion steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    Brostrom 34k
    Namesake
    Medal of Honor
    Private First Class Leonard C. Brostrom, U.S. Army, Company F,17th Infantry,7th Infantry Division
    Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944
    Citation
    He was a rifleman with an assault platoon which ran into powerful resistance near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 28 October 1944. From pillboxes, trenches, and spider holes, so well camouflaged that they could be detected at no more than 20 yards, the enemy poured machine gun and rifle fire, causing severe casualties in the platoon. Realizing that a key pillbox in the center of the strong point would have to be knocked out if the company were to advance, PFC. Brostrom, without orders and completely ignoring his own safety, ran forward to attack the pillbox with grenades. He immediately became the prime target for all the riflemen in the area, as he rushed to the rear of the pillbox and tossed grenades through the entrance. Six enemy soldiers left a trench in a bayonet charge against the heroic American, but he killed 1 and drove the others off with rifle fire. As he threw more grenades from his completely exposed position he was wounded several times in the abdomen and knocked to the ground. Although suffering intense pain and rapidly weakening from loss of blood, he slowly rose to his feet and once more hurled his deadly missiles at the pillbox. As he collapsed, the enemy began fleeing from the fortification and were killed by riflemen of his platoon. Pfc. Brostrom died while being carried from the battlefield, but his intrepidity and unhesitating willingness to sacrifice himself in a l-man attack against overwhelming odds enabled his company to reorganize against attack, and annihilate the entire enemy position.
    Bill Gonyo
    Brostrom 36k USNS PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255) underway, circa 1954, prior to conversion to a heavy-lift cargo ship.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Brostrom 33k USNS PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255) at anchor, date and location unknown. PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom was converted to a heavy-lift cargo ship in 1954, and operated in that role into the 1970's. Distinguished by her heavy-lift booms on her midships kingpost, with a lift capacity of 150 tons, she was a near-sister to USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK 267), but that ship had a single-level bridge superstructure and a single kingpost forward.
    US Navy photo from the Haze Gray and Underway web site.
    Captain Wade Armstrong
    Brostrom 49k USNS PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255) moored pierside at Kaohsiung,Taiwan, in September 1977.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst

    PVT. Leonard C. Brostrom (T-AK-255)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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