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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBGN

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PALMOLIVE

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY February 13 1945.
Launched July 7 1945 and commissioned November 17 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken September 30 1976.
Fate Sold June 10 1977 to North American Smelting, Bordentown, NJ and broken up for scrap.

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Brownson 74kBorn in Lyons, New York, 8 July 1845, Willard Herbert Brownson graduated from the 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. Photo 15589v, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
USS Brownson (DD-868)
Brownson 130kUndated photo Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Ron Lambe
Brownson 84kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brownson 123kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brownson 203k1946 photo of the USS Brownson (DD-868) being refueled by the seaplane tender USS Pine Island (AV-12). The ships are enroute to Antarctica for Operation Highjump. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.056.001.069Mike Green
Brownson 54kResults of the collison off Bermuda between the Brownson and Charles H. Roan (DD-853) on 08 November 1950.Ron Lambe
Brownson 52kAs above.Ron Lambe
Brownson 52kUSS Brownson (DD-868) pulling into the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 06 December 1950. The ship is equipped with a temporary bow, fabricated at the U. S. Naval Base in Bermuda after Brownson's collision with Roan.
From Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection.
Mike Green
Brownson 135kAt anchor with the stern moored to two buoys in Monaco harbor, 1952.LTJG Donald H. (Don) Burger
Brownson 77kNew York Harbor, May 1952.Marc Piché
Brownson 71kCirca 1957-58, location unknown.Tracy Shaw
Brownson 95kNewspaper clipping from 1958 showing the Gearing Class destroyers Glennon (DD-840) and Brownson (DD-868) locking through the Kiel Canal, having been on a port visit to Bremerhaven, 1958.Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Brownson 67kAlongside the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), Sep/Oct 1958.-
Brownson 126kAlongside the USS Allagash (AO-97) in 1962. Photo by Marvin Dockery, USN, from the USS Brownson Association Gallery.Robert Hurst
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Three views of the Brownson in the Atlantic while returning from a Med deployment as seen from the USS Kankakee (AO-39), December 1964.
Michael O'Brien
Brownson 63kOff Newport, Rhode Island, October 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Brownson 78kCover of the Cruise Book for the around the world cruise of 1966-1967.Ron Lambe
Brownson 173kDetails of ports of call and operations during the world cruise of 1966-1967.Ron Lambe
Brownson 236kEntering Genoa harbor, Italy, 27 May 1969.Carlo Martinelli
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At Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1972. USS Compton (DD-705), USS Warrington (DD-843), USS Brownson (DD-868) and USS Grand Canyon (AD/AR-28).
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Three views of the USS Brownson as she approaches the Soviet Sverdlov class cruiser Zhdanov. Photos by Shamil Gumarov.
Eugene Ivkin
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May 15, 1974. Kithira Strait, the Mediterranean Sea. The USS Brownson passes by the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim.
Eugene Ivkin
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Decommissioning - September 30 1976
Wolfgang Hechler
Brownson 33kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Brownson 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Brownson 41kShip's Zippo circa 1952.John A. Altfeltis

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Ruffin Cox    Nov 17 1945 - Nov 2 1946 (Later RADM)

CDR Harry Meeker Steward Gimber Jr.    Nov 2 1946 - Jul 26 1947

CDR William Talmadge Powell Jr.    Jul 26 1947 - Feb 28 1948

CDR John Norwood Ferguson Jr.    Feb 28 1948 - 1949

CDR R. H. Wilson    ?

CDR Eugene Baker Henry Jr.    1950 - Jul 1951

CDR Conrad Hilmer Carlson    Jul 1951 - Dec 1953

CDR Eli Devere Ring    Dec 1953 - Sep 28 1955

CDR Norman Ewing Fryer Jr.    Sep 28 1955 - May 15 1957

CDR Harry Z. Miller    May 15 1957 - Jun 5 1958

CDR Robert J. Kendall    Jun 5 1958 - ? 1959

CDR Benjamin Richard Fern    ? 1959 - ?

CDR Joseph Edward Snyder Jr.    Jun 1961 - Jun 1963 (Later RADM)

LCDR Edward Joseph Casey Jr.    Jun 1963 - Feb 1964 

CDR Vernon William Condon    Feb 1964 - ?

CDR Richard Louis Rodier    1966 - Aug 1967

CDR William Clyde Giovanetti    Aug 1967 - Aug 9 1969

CDR Edward Siska    Aug 9 1969 - 1969

CDR Al Hunt    1971 - Jun 1972

CDR Carl Emil Geise Jr.    Jun 1972 - ?

CDR Arcenio Alves Jr.    1974 - Jun 27 1975

CDR Jack Lewis Roundtree    Jun 27 1975 - Jul 1976

LCDR Robert John Jackson    Jul 1976 - Sep 30 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George N. Beardsley
Address: 34 Harlem Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606
Phone: (203) 334-2776
E-mail: None
Next reunion:

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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USS Brownson website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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