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S1C Shirley Brown, Jr

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S1C Shirley Brown, Jr

United States Coast Guard WORLD WAR II
Seaman 1st Class, Shirley Brown Jr. MIA/KIA
Hometown: Iowa
Service # 572549
Awards: Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal W/Star
Captain: Cdr Kenneth C. Phillips, USCG

Ship: USS Leopold (DE 319)Destroyer escort Edsall class
Mission: Anti Sub Convoy CU-16
Loss Date: 9 Mar 1944
Fate: Sunk by U-255 (Erich Harms)
Location: 58° 44'N, 25° 50'W - Grid AK 3862
Complement: 199 officers and men (171 dead and 28 survivors)

Notes on event
On 9 Mar, 1944, the US Coast Guard manned USS Leopold (DE 319) was on her second voyage and escorting the convoy CU-16, when she got an acoustic contact about 400 miles south of Iceland and turned to investigate it. But before the destroyer escort reached the U-boat, she was hit at 22.00 hours by a Gnat from U-255 and was abandoned. The vessel remained afloat, but sank early the next morning. Only 28 survivors were picked up by the sister ship USS Joyce (DE 317).

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Iowa.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56288150
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1C Shirley Brown, Jr (unknown–9 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56288150, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .