Brown, Riley Mirville, F3c

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Fireman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
AF-0000-Apprentice Fireman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Apprentice Fireman
Primary Unit
1940-1941, AF-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Service Years
1939 - 1941
Fireman 3rd Class

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Littlefield, TX
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Courts of the Missing

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  1940-1941, AF-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)

Fireman 3rd Class

From Month/Year
January / 1940

To Month/Year
December / 1941

Unit
USS West Virginia (BB-48) Unit Page

Rank
Fireman 3rd Class

NEC
AF-0000-Apprentice Fireman

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS West Virginia (BB-48) Details

USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Original photo pre-Pearl Harbor


















The fourth and final ship of the 
Colorado Class Battleship, USS West Virginia (BB-48) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding on April 12, 1920.  Construction moved forward and on November 19, 1921, it slid down the ways with Alice W. Mann, daughter of West Virginia coal magnate Isaac T. Mann, serving as sponsor.  After another two years of work, West Virginia was completed and entered commission on December 1, 1923, with Captain Thomas J. Senn in command. 

: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt.Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" + 1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, April 12, 1920.
Launched November 19, 1921. Commissioned December 1, 1923. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959. Fate: Sold August 2, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
 

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Pearl Harbor:

On the morning of December 7, 1941, West Virginia was moored along Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row, outboard of USS Tennessee (BB-43), when the Japanese attacked and pulled the United States into World War II.  In a vulnerable position with its port side exposed, West Virginia sustained seven torpedo hits (six exploded) from Japanese aircraft.  Only rapid counter-flooding by the battleship's crew prevented it from capsizing.  The damage from the torpedoes was exacerbated by two armor-piercing bomb hits as well as a massive oil fire started following the explosion of USS Arizona(BB-39) which was moored aft.  Severely damaged, West Virginia sank upright with little more than its superstructure above the water.  In the course of that attack, the battleship's commander, Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, was mortally wounded.  He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his defense of the ship.  

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Rebirth:

In the weeks after the attack, efforts to salvage West Virginia commenced.  After patching the massive holes in the hull, the battleship was refloated on May 17, 1942 and later moved to Drydock Number One.  As work commenced 66 bodies were found trapped in the hull.  Three located in a storeroom appear to have survived until at least December 23.

  After extensive repairs to the hull, West Virginia departed for Puget Sound Navy Yard on May 7, 1943.  Arriving, it underwent a modernization program that dramatically altered the battleship's appearance.  This saw the construction of a new superstructure which included trunking the two funnels into one, a greatly enhanced anti-aircraft armament, and elimination of the old cage masts.  In addition, the hull was widened to 114 feet which precluded it from passing through the Panama Canal. When complete, West Virginia looked more similar to the modernized Tennessee-class battleships than those from its own Colorado-class.

Rebuilt view 1944.

 



Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Colorado-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2018
   
   
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143 Members Also There at Same Time
USS West Virginia (BB-48)

Boyer, Fred Hunter, F1c, (1940-1941) AF AF-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Bergner, Allen Alfred, RADM, (1940-1972) OFF 116X Ensign
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 000X Ensign
Durkee, Edward, CPO MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
KRONBERGER, Sam, CWO2, (1907-1947) GM GF-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Tibbs, Ernie, CPO MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Branham, George O'Hara, PO1, (1934-1941) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Foth, Jack, PO1, (1936-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hilt, Fred, PO1 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Howard, Tucker, LT, (1917-1947) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kronberger, Robert Samuel, LCDR, (1935-1970) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lish, Eugene, PO1 MU MU-0000 Petty Officer First Class
O'Conner, Maurice, PO1 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Pierce, Edward, CPO, (1922-1951) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Reid, George, PO1 SF SF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Richter, Leonard Claiver, PO1, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rose, Ernest, PO1 SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Tipsword, Keith, PO1 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Christian, William Garnet, PO2, (1936-1941) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cromwell, Howard, PO2 CM CM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
De Lapp, Marvin Verle, CPO, (1938-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DeLapp, Marvin Verle, CPO, (1938-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ehm, Robert, LCDR, (1936-1956) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
England, Richard, PO2 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Garcia, Claude, PO2 SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Harten, William, PO1, (1940-1946) MU MU-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
HARTEN, William, PO1, (1940-1946) MU MU-3806 Petty Officer Second Class
Keppler, Reinhardt John, PO1, (1936-1942) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
KRONBERGER, Edward, PO1, (1930-1960) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McCollom, Lawrence Jennings, PO2, (1935-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Montgomery, Wallace Alford, PO2, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Montieth, Earl, PO2, (1941-1945) ET ET-1424 Petty Officer Second Class
Mrace, Albin John, PO2, (1937-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Noce, Emile, PO2 EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Porter, Gery, CPO, (1940-1946) FN FN-9760 Petty Officer Second Class
Powers, Roy, PO2 SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Saulsbury, Theodore, PO2 SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Scott, George, PO2 SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Smith, Gordon, PO2 SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Speicher, Ernest, PO2 EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Taber, George, PO2 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bargerhuff, Benjamin Ernest, PO3, (1937-1941) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brown, Charles Darling, PO3, (1938-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Evans, Woodrow, PO3, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gould, Arthur, PO3 RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hand, William Reeves, PO2, (1938-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
HOLLINGSWORTH SR, RONALD, PO3, (1941-1944) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Jackson, William, PO3 EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelley Jr., Sanford, PO3, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
LaCrosse Jr., Henry, PO3 SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lyon, Arnold, PO3, (1941-1941) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Mathison, Donald, PO3, (1941-1941) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Miller, Doris (Dorie), PO3, (1939-1943) MAT MATT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pinko, Andrew, PO3 EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wilbur, Harold, PO3, (1940-1941) CM CM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Atkins, Ivan, S2c, (1936-1946) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
O'Meara, William Alexander, PO2, (1940-1943) FC FC-0000 Fire Controlman 3rd Class
Campbell, William C., Cox, (1937-1941) COX COX-0000 Coxswain
Aguon, Gregorio SanNicholas, S1c, (1938-1941) MAT MATT-0000 Seaman 1st Class

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