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Francis Brown

Given NameFrancis
Born22 May 1911
Died7 Oct 1943
CountryUnited States


ww2dbaseFrancis Elwood Brown was born in Reno, Nevada, United States in 1911. During the war, he held command of submarines USS S-39 between Mar 1942 and Aug 1942, at the rank of lieutenant, and USS S-44 between Oct 1942 and Oct 1943, as a lieutenant through Apr 1943 and thereafter as a lieutenant commander. On 7 Oct 1943, he and his crew made a judgement error while patrolling Japanese controlled waters off the northern Kurile Islands, mistaking the armed escort vessel Ishigaki for a civilian ship. S-44 was sunk by Ishigaki's return fire, killing all but two of S-44's officers and men, including Brown. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart medal.

ww2dbaseSource: United States Navy

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22 May 1911 Francis Brown was born in Reno, Nevada, United States.
7 Oct 1943 Francis Brown was killed aboard USS S-44 as the submarine was sunk by Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki.

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