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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ (YN 194) Laid down 02 December 1940
Launched 25 July 1941
Commissioned 22October 1941
Fate Torpedoed and sunk by U-371 off Algiers 13 October 1943
52 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Bristol 38kBorn in Glassboro, New Jersey, 17 April 1868, Mark Lambert Bristol graduated from the Naval Academy in 1887. During the Spanish-American War he served aboard Texas and participated in the battle of Santiago, Cuba. From 1901 to 1903 he served as aide to the Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Fleet. He commanded Oklahoma (BB 37) during World War I and then served as United States High Commissioner in Turkey (1919-27). In 1927 Rear Admiral Bristol assumed command of the Asiatic Fleet. He died 13 May 1939.
Digital ID: cph 3b17267, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Bill Gonyo
USS Bristol (DD-453)
Bristol 59kBristol soon after completion, 31 October 1941.
National Archives photo 19-N-25955
Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 59kBristol soon after completion, 31 October 1941.
National Archives photo 19-N-25956
Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)/Robert Hurst
Bristol 69kBristol soon after completion, 31 October 1941.
National Archives photo 19-N-25957
Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 123kA photo showing the area forward of the bridge on USS Bristol (DD-453) as she was refitted after delivery at the New York Navy Yard, 10 January 1942. The Bristol has two .50 cal MGs mounted in this area. Note that she has been painted in the Ms-12R Camo scheme.Rick E Davis
Bristol 137kThe USS Bristol (DD-453) being fitted out for service at New York Navy yard after delivery, 16 January 1942. At this time, her AA armament only consisted of .50 cal MGs.Rick E Davis
Bristol 31kBristol at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 17 May 1942.
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS
Tracy White
Bristol 119kThe USS Bristol (DD-453) at New York Navy Yard, 07 January 1943, after she was upgraded with the standard two twin 40mm AA gun mounts and what appears to be four single 20mm guns. Note that she has been repainted to the Ms-22 Camo scheme.Rick E Davis
Bristol 67kOff New York Navy Yard, 08 January 1943.Bristol was underway on a post-repair trial run from 0805 to 1832 this date.Gerd Matthes
Bristol 94kOff Chesapeake Bay, enroute to Norolk, 18 April 1943.Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 192kPhoto taken from the Wilkes (DD-441) at Mers-el-Kebir, June 1943, with USS Swanson (DD-443) alongside; in the background is the USS Bristol (DD-453) outboard, and USS Ludlow (DD-438) inboard.
From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).
Ed Zajkowski
Bristol 176kUSS Bristol (DD-453) refuels from USS Brooklyn (CL-40) off Licata, Sicily, July 1943.
National Archives photo 80-G-52974
Mike Green
208kUSS Bristol (DD-453) in Casablanca harbor, 1943. Note the unidentified flush decker in the foreground.
Photo from the LIFE magazine archives, J.R. Eyerman, photographer
Dave Wright
Bristol 136kAnother view of USS Bristol (DD-453) in Casablanca harbor, 1943.
Photo from the LIFE magazine archives, J.R. Eyerman, photographer
Peter DeForest
Bristol 287kUnited States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage Diagram and Report No. 50. USS Bristol (DD-453). Submarine torpedo damage and loss on October 13, 1943 off North Africa.Mike Green

USS BRISTOL DD-453 History
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Commanding Officers
01LCDR Chester Clark Wood (USNA 1924)22 October 1941 - 22 September 1942
02CDR John Albert Glick (USNA 1926)22 September 1942 - 13 October 1943
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Pamela Fischer
Address: P.O.Box 809, Poway, Ca 92074
Phone: 760-789-9060
E-mail: Pamelamfish@aol.comNone

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