|Death: ||Mar. 2, 1943, At Sea|
Entered the service from New Jersey
The SS Meriwether Lewis was a Liberty Ship built in 1942; her homeport was Portland, Oregon. On March 2, 1943, Seaman 1st Class JAMES E. BROWN, a U.S. Naval Armed Guard, was on board as the freighter, enroute from New York to the UK to Russia with a cargo of ammunition and tires, was straggling behind Convoy HX-227 in the North Atlantic. German submarine U-759 attacked the ship but had to quit due to engine problems. Before it quit, however, the sub led U-Boat 634 to the freighter. U-634 fired a spread of four torpedoes, and one hit in the forward part of the ship. After three hours and more hits, and the ammunition blowing up in the forward part of the ship, the Meriwether Lewis sank bow first. A Coast Guard cutter searching the area for survivors found a 30 mile trail of automobile tires. There were 44 Merchant Mariners and 32 Naval personnel on board; none survived.
James E. Brown's name is included in the Tablets of the Missing on the Memorial Wall, Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.
NOTE: This Memorial lists March 3, 1944 as the date of Seaman Brown's death. Since the ship was "lost," this was the date used to officially declare him dead.
Note: BODY LOST AT SEA. Seaman Brown was on Meriwether Lewis when the ship was torpedeod and sunk by U-634
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Tablets of the Missing. (Body lost at sea)
Maintained by: Patricia O
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56288132
"Their graves are marked only by the waves of the ocean. We miss them, we respect them and we shall never forget them."|
Added: May. 21, 2013
"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it." May you rest in eternal peace.|
Added: Jan. 2, 2007