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S1 Gordon Neil Brown

S1 Gordon Neil Brown

Birth
Death 25 Oct 1944 (aged 19–20)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 56751205 · View Source
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Gordon served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Livonia, Livingston County, New York prior to the war.

Gordon was declared "Missing In Action" when the Hoel, in what became known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf (aka. Battle off Samar), was hit over 40 times, by Japanese ships and sunk during the war.

Gordon was awarded the Purple Heart.

His family erected a cenotaph honoring him in the family plot in Union Cemetery, Livonia, Livingston County, New York.

Service # 8055998

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The Hoel lost 253 officers and men during this attack with only 86 surviving. The Hoel received the United States Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and five battle stars for World War II service.

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    Six U.S. ships and approximately 3,000 seaman were lost in the three day Battle of Leyte Gulf ( Oct. 23 - 26 ) which was a victory for the U.S. Navy:

U.S.S. Gambier Bay (CVE-73) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Princeton (CVL-23) ~ October 24th
U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. St. Lo (CVE-63) ~ October 25th

The Japanese losses were:

1 fleet carrier, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, 10 cruisers, 11 destroyers and approximately 12,500 seaman.

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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751205
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Gordon Neil Brown (1924–25 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751205, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .