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USS BRADFORD (DD-545)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBGQ

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. April 28 1942.
Launched December 12 1942 and commissioned June 12 1943.
Decommissioned July 11 1946 and recommissioned October 27 1950.
Decommissioned September 28 1961.
Stricken September 1 1975.
To Greece September 27 1962, renamed Thylla.
Fate Stricken in 1981 and scrapped.

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-Captain Gamaliel Bradford, privateersman, was born in Duxbury, Mass., 4 November 1768. During the American Revolution, he enlisted in the 14th Massachusetts Regiment (commanded by his father, also named Gamaliel)as a private at the age of thirteen on May 28, 1776. He fought at the battles of Saratoga and Monmouth before encamping with the army for its final cantonment at New Windsor, New York. After Monmouth, he was promoted to Serjeant on June 28, 1778, followed by promotions to Ensign (8/8/1779) and Lieutenant (9/3/1780). When the number of Massachusetts regiments was reduced in 1781, Gamaliel and the other men of the 14th were folded into the 7th Massachusetts Regiment. He stayed on another year in the army before finally returning home in 1784. After the war, he commanded the American private armed ship Mary in 1799, during the Quasi-War with France. In July 1800, in command of Industry, he routed four French privateers at Gibraltar, though he sustained an injury that would cost him his leg. Captain Bradford died at Cambridge, Mass., 7 March 1824. He married Elizabeth Parker Hickling on August 6, 1798. They would go on to have seven children. The same year, he was offered command of the frigate Boston by President John Adams, but declined. In the following year he successfully sustained an attack by three French privateers, and in 1800 repulsed two similar attacks, one of which proved a very spirited struggle of one and a half hours, in which the captain received a wound causing the loss of his leg. In spite of his handicapped condition he made later voyages, retiring from the sea in 1809.Bill Gonyo
Bradford 82kArtist's conception of the Bradford as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to the

U. S. S. BRADFORD

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For outstanding heroism in action as a Fighter Direction ship on Radar Picket duty during the Okinawa Campaign, May 14 to June 16, 1945. A natural and frequent target of the heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the U.S.S. BRADFORD defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroy her. Vigilant and ready for battle, she sent out early air warnings, provided fighter direction and, with her own gunfire downed five hostile planes, routed many more and rendered valiant service in preventing the Japanese from striking in force the Naval Forces off the Okinawa beachhead. A gallant fighting ship, the BRADFORD, her officers and her men withstood the stress and perils of vital Radar Picket duty, achieving a distinctive combat record which attests the teamwork, courage and skill of her entire company and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service"
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Bradford 81kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Bradford 104kJune 1943, inclining experiment.Ed Zajkowski
Bradford 152kForward plan view of USS Bradford (DD 545) at Mare Island on 16 Oct 1944.Darryl Baker
Bradford 117kAft plan view of USS Bradford (DD 545) at Mare Island on 16 Oct 1944.Darryl Baker
Bradford 86kBroadside view of USS Bradford (DD 545) off Mare Island on 19 Oct 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 3 Sep until 23 Oct 1944.Darryl Baker
Bradford 133kUSS Bradford (DD 545) off Mare Island on October 19, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bradford 54kSan Francisco, March 7 1945.Pieter Bakels
Bradford 91kSan Francisco, March 1945.Pieter Bakels
Bradford 122kSan Francisco, March 7 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Bradford 151kSan Francisco, March 7 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Bradford 119kMay 1945, location unknown.George York
Bradford 119kOff San Diego, circa mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Bradford 132kSeptember 1953, location unknown.Pete Schonenberg, CDR, USN (Ret)
Bradford 127kSan Francisco 1957.Robert M. Cieri
Bradford 187kUSS Bradford (DD-545) maneuvering at sea, circa 1961, with the crew manning the rail forward. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107250.Robert Hurst
Bradford 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Greek Service
Bradford 63kOfficial Hellenic Navy picture of HNS THYELLA, D-28, ex- USS BRADFORD, DD 545, date and place unknown. THYELLA in Greek language translates to STORM.Anthony J. Vrailas
Bradford 127kA/T Thyella (D 28) formerly USS Bradford (DD 545) taken in 1962 in Piraeus Port entrance with rew manning the rails, photo probably in her first arival in Greece after the commissioning in Hellenic Navy in Seattle Washington on September 27th 1962.
A/T stands for "Antitorpiliko" greek word meaning counter torpedo (ship) and is the greek word for destroyer, in the same way with "torpedo boat destroyers" , soon contracted to destroyer in English. After 1974 the Hellenic Navy ships had a prefix for the type of ship, before 1974 han the Prefix VP which stand for the words Vasiliko Ploio meaning Royal Ship in greek.
Panagiotis Moschovitis
Bradford 135kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Bradford 135kPicture of the Greek destroyer Thyella, D 28 (ex-USS Bradford, DD-545), underway circa 1963, location unknown. Note that she still retains all five 5"/38 mounts. Photo Royal Hellenic Navy, Official, from "Jane's Fighting Ship" 1964-65 Edition.Robert Hurst
Bradford 39kShip's plaque.Panagiotis Moschovitis

USS BRADFORD DD-545 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Robert Lee Morris    Jun 12 1943 - Oct 18 1944
CDR Warren Wilson Armstrong    Oct 18 1944 - 1946
CDR Robert Luther Thomas Jr.    1946 - Jul 11 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 11 1946 - Oct 27 1950)
CDR Francis Dennis Boyle    Oct 27 1950 - Dec 21 1951
CDR Albert Leopold Kobey Jr.    Dec 21 1951 - 1953
CDR William L. Pease    1953 - ?
CDR Harold Huntington Ellison    1955 - Dec 1955
CDR Lewis Newton    Dec 1955 - Jun 1957
CDR Lewis Wesley Walker Jr.    Jun 1957 - 1958
CDR Rembrandt Cecil Robinson    Dec 1960 - Jan 15 1962 (Later RADM)
CDR Merwin Edward Rasmussen    Jan 15 1962 - Sep 28 1962

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George H. York
Address: 3159 S Pitkin St., Aurora, CO 80013-2069
Phone: 303.690.2905
E-mail: gyorkdd545@aol.com


Note About Contacts.

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