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USS BROWN (DD-546)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBKJ

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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. June 27 1942.
Launched February 21 1943 and commissioned July 10 1943.
Decommissioned August 1 1946 and recommissioned October 27 1950.
Decommissioned February 9 1962.
Stricken September 1 1975.
To Greece September 27 1962, renamed Navarino (D-63).
Decommissioned October 31 1981.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1981.

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Brown 35kGeorge Brown entered the Navy as a Seaman on board the "Lucky Little Enterprise" at Malta, on 8 July 1803. He first served under Lieutenant Isaac Hull as one of the gallant crew of that famous schooner which guarded ships of American commerce from Barbary pirates along the coast of Spain as well as from Tripolitan warships that cruised the Mediterranean. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr., exchanged commands with Lieutenant Isaac Hull on 9 November 1803, Brown having been promoted to Quartermaster only five days earlier. On 23 December, Enterprise captured the infamous ketch Mastico who had slipped from her moorings in Tripoli Harbor with intentions of sailing to Constantinople. Brown volunteered as a member of the crew of this infamous ketch which was fitted out at Syracuse and renamed Intrepid by Commodore Preble. On 3 February 1804 Intrepid, with the gallant Decatur in command, sailed for the coast of Tripoli. On the night of 16 February 1804 the brave men entered the harbor in the 4-gun schooner of sixty tons and made their way to the captured United States Frigate Philadelphia which lay within half-gunshot of the Bashaw's castle and the principal shore battery. Two enemy cruisers were close on her starboard quarter and the enemy gunboats lay off her starboard bow. On ruse of having lost anchor, the pilot of Intrepid convinced the Tripolitans on board Philadelphia that the ship was a merchantman out of Malta and secured permission to make fast to the captured frigate's line. Decatur was up Philadelphia's mid-chains in an instant, followed by sixty men and officers including Brown, who carried the entire fight to the Tripolitans with the sword, swept them overboard, and remained until flames appeared skyward from Philadelphia's hatchways and ports. As Intrepid got from alongside the frigate, flames shot up to the top rigging and Philadelphia's loaded guns became so hot they went off broadside to the town. Not more than fifteen minutes from time of boarding, the brave men were making their way out of the harbor under fire of enemy shore batteries. The astonishing feat had been accomplished at the coast of only one man slightly wounded. Before they were out of the harbor, Brown had the satisfaction of seeing the Philadelphia, a veritable torch, drift under the Bashaw's castle where she was completely consumed. Decatur reported the coolness and intrepidity of his men was such "As I trust will ever characterize the American Tar." This "most daring feat of the age" brought a new respect and luster for America and greatly increased the prestige of the United States and her Navy throughout the world. Two months pay was awarded each of Intrepid's crew and Congress voted Decatur the present of a sword with grateful thanks for achieving a task of national importance. Brown returned with Decatur to Enterprise on 20 February 1804 and took part in the gunboat attacks and bombardments of Tripoli. He was transferred to the frigate John Adams on 20 September 1804 and returned in her to the United States. He was detached on 22 March 1805 and no further record of naval service has been found. Photo of an enlisted man of the period.Bill Gonyo
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. BROWN

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For outstanding heroism in action during the Okinawa Campaign as a Fighter Direction Ship on Radar Picket Support Vessel, from April 10 to 16 May, 1945 and as Radar Picket Support Vessel, from June 16 to 20, 1945. A natural and frequent target of heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the U.S.S.BROWN defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroy her. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle day and night, she sent out early air warnings and provided fighter direction. With her own gunfire, she downed seven hostile planes, assisted in the destruction of five others and routed many more; and she rendered invaluable service in preventing air attacks in strength on the Naval forces off Okinawa beachhead. A seaworthy, fighting ship, the BROWN, her officers and men withstood the stress and perils of vital Radar Picket duty, achieving a gallant combat record which attests the teamwork, courage and skill of her entire company and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the USS BROWN during one or both of the above mentioned periods are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION RIBBON.
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Brown 82kArtist's conception of the Brown 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
Brown 69kUndated, location unknown.Robert C. Cloud
Brown 73kBrown (DD-546) underway at sea in February 1944, while maneuvering close to another ship. Note the escort aircraft carrier(CVE) in the left-center distance. Photographed by Commander Donald B. Ingerslew, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107251.Robert Hurst
Brown 155kUSS Brown (DD-546) photographed somewhere in the Pacific during late 1944. The man in the bucket is U.S. Navy combat cameraman PHoM 2/C Paul D. Guttman, who was being transferred from the Brown to the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12). Photo from the collection of Paul D. Guttman.Robert Guttman
Brown 133kUnderway replenishment circa 1950.Bill Gonyo
Brown 131kThe USS Brown (DD-546) shortly after recommissioning 27 October 1950 at Long Beach NY.David Buell
Brown 99kAs above.David Buell
Brown 94kThe USS Brown (DD-546) after he first modification upon recommissioning for the Korean War. A tripod has replaced her pole mast, new search and fire control radars installed and the forward twin 40mm guns have been replaced by fixed hedge hog ASW projectors. The Brown still retains her amidship twin 40mm gun mounts and has had her 6 twin 20mm guns have replaced the single 20mm guns. Eventually the twin 40mm guns and forward torpedo tube bank were replaced by two quad 40mm guns. Photo is a USN photo #96870 from the USNI Photo collection.Rick E. Davis
Brown 74kUSS Brown DD-546 departing Kaohsiung, Formosa harbor fall 1952, taken from the USS O'Brien DD-725.Roy C Thomas
Brown 98k1952, USS Brown DD-546 backing away from the USS O'Brien DD-725, departing Kaohsiung for patrol in the Formosa Strait.Roy C Thomas
Brown 95kDD-546 departing the nest at Kaohsiung in 1952, the lookout is Sonarman Bill Shotwell.Roy C Thomas
Brown 122kSan Francisco 1957.Robert M. Cieri
Brown 223kUSS Brown (DD-546) refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVA-12) in 1958. Hornet, with assigned Air Task Group 4 (ATG-4), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 6 January to 2 July 1958. U.S. Navy photo [1] from the USS Hornet (CVA-12) 1958 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Brown 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Greek Service
Brown 93kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Brown 126kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Brown 95kOn Greek service the HNS NAVARINO, D-63, ex- USS BROWN, DD 546. Picture dates back from late 60's. Place unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Brown 154kAt Genoa, Italy on August 27 1968.Carlo Martinelli
Brown 43kShip's patch.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

USS BROWN DD-546 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Thomas Henry Copeman    Jul 10 1943 - Jan 13 1945
CDR Robert Rutherford Craighill    Jan 13 1945 - Dec 1945 (Later RADM)
LT Jay Wayne Land    Dec 1945 - Aug 1 1946
(Decommissioned Aug 1 1946 - Oct 27 1950)
CDR Emerson Hayden Dimpfel    Oct 27 1950 - Jun 1952
CDR George Aloysius Hayes    Jun 1952 - Jun 1953
CDR Henry Edward Schmidt    Jun 1953 - Sep 1954
CDR Freeland Harold Carde Jr.    Sep 1954 - Jul 1956
CDR John Graham Drew III   Jul 1956 - Jul 16 1958
CDR Miles Rush Finley Jr.    Jul 16 1958 - Jun 22 1960
CDR Elmer Ray Rath    Jun 22 1960 - Feb 9 1962

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Fred Korzekwa
Address: 6994 Barrington Place, Fishers, Indiana 46038
Phone: 317-578-7736
E-mail: korzekwaf@sbcglobal.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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