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As commander of Submarine Squadron Four, "Babe"
Brown salvaged the career of "Mush" Morton, who later went on to
become a legend in the submarine force. Brown established an intensive training
program at Pearl Harbor, which included a TDC (Torpedo Data Computer)
school to improve proficiency in submarine fire control. An early
advocate of wolf packs, he commanded a wolf pack in the Sea of Japan in
the summer of 1943, becoming the oldest officer to make a war patrol
during the war.
Brown took temporary command of the Pacific Fleet
submarine force following the death of Admiral English until relieved
by Lockwood. Lockwood developed a high opinion of Brown and even tried to persuade the Burea of Personnel to have Brown relieve Christie. When
Brown was finally promoted to rear admiral, Lockwood tried to have him
sent to command the Atlantic submarines; when this failed, Brown was
made deputy commander of Pacific submarines.
Denied a submarine command, Brown instead took command of Cruiser Division 1 and of North Pacific Force in the closing months of the war. During one of his sweeps, his force destroyed 11 small ships off the Kuriles.
Brown was "a huge and likable character" (Blair 1975) who had been a football coach at Annapolis.
||Commander, SS Narwhal
||Captain||Commander, CL Richmond
||Commander, Submarine Squadron Four
||Acting commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet
||Rear admiral||Commander, Cruiser Division 1
||Commander, North Pacific Force|
||Commander, 4 Naval District
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