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USS CLARENCE K. BRONSON (DD-668)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJDX

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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. December 9 1942.
Launched April 18 1943 and commissioned June 11 1943.
Decommissioned July 16 1946 and recommissioned June 7 1951.
Decommissioned June 29 1960.
Stricken February 1 1973.
To Turkey January 14 1967, renamed Istanbul
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1987.

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Bronson 92kClarence King Bronson was born in Bushnell, III., 21 July 1888, and was a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1910. After service afloat, he was trained in aviation in 1914 at the Curtis Aeroplane Co., Hammondsport, N.Y., and Pensacola, Fla. Lieutenant (junior grade) Bronson was killed at the Naval Proving Ground, Indianhead, Md., 8 November 1916, while testing experimental aerial bombs. Photo from the United States Naval Academy.Bill Gonyo
Bronson 80kArtist's conception of the Bronson 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
Bronson 41kUndated, location unknown.-
Bronson 47kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Bronson 50kUSS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) as part of Task Force 58 while fighting off the Marianas. Photo taken from "US Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Purvis 102kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 87kSome of the Engineering Gang on the deck of the USS Charles K. Bronson in 1944. John F. Cooney, MM2, in lower right kneeling next to life preserver.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy/John Cooney
Bronson 68kUSS Clarence K. Bronson, DD-668, off Mare Island, 15 June 1945. NARA Photo.Fred Weiss
Bronson 178kUSS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) off Mare Island on June 15, 1945. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bronson 102kStern of view of USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) off Mare Island on 15 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Bronson 87kBow on view of USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) off Mare Island on 15 June 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 19 April to 22 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Bronson 82kStarboard bow view of the USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) as appeared upon arrival at Mare Island on 19 April 1945.Darryl Baker
Bronson 84kBroadside view of the USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD 668) as appeared upon arrival at Mare Island on 19 April 1945.Darryl Baker
Bronson 107kStaten Island, NY circa 1946 with USS Gatling (DD-671) and USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668).George Sann
Bronson 114kHampton Roads just off Norfolk Naval Base. Date of photo unknown, roughly mid-50s. Copyright Atlantic Fleet Sales.Joe Radigan
Bronson 96kCirca 1950's.Marc Piché
Bronson 26kTaken from the USS Cotten (DD-669) September 1955 in the Mediterranean.Bill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Bronson 196kUSS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during FDR´s voyage from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, to her new homeport Mayport, Florida, following her SCB-110 modernisation. The FDR circumnavigated South America via Cape Hoorn from 4 June to 8 August 1956. USN photo from from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) 1956 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Bronson 62kUSS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo courtesy R.M. Scott.Robert Hurst
Bronson 15kFour photos by Glenn Herzenach PNSN USS Intrepid, 1957 to May 1958. The photos was taken during the NATO operation "Strike Back." Robert Hall
Bronson 87kAs above.Robert Hall
Bronson 52kAs above.Robert Hall
Bronson 39kAs above.Robert Hall
Bronson 139k1966 at Philadelphia Navy Yard in preparation for transfer to Turkey.Ed Zajkowski
On Turkish Service
Bronson 49kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 40kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 137kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 72kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Roan 71kUndated, location unknown. TCG Istanbul D-340 (ex USS Clarence K. Bronson DD-668), TCG Izmir D-341 (ex USS Van Valkenburgh DD-656) and TCG M.F.Çakmak D-351 (ex USS Charles H. Roan DD-853).Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 88kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 156kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 104kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 96kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 133kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 130kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 84kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 109kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 75kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 121kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Bronson 127kFour views from Decommissioning Day - May 12 1973.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 130kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 129kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 119kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 15kUnderway to Cyprus in the Mediterranean in July 1974.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 138kUnderway training during 1982. From the collection of Behcet Akmansoy.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 133kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 139kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 60kSonar Room, Sonar Technician CPO Necdet GÖNENÇ in 1985.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Bronson 78kOn the cover of the Turkish Navy magazine in 2008.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

USS CLARENCE K. BRONSON DD-668 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Schuetze Veeder Jun 11 1943 - May 5 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR Joseph Christopher McGoughran    May 5 1944 - May 15 1945    
CDR Gifford Scull    May 15 1945 - Jul 16 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 16 1946 - Jun 7 1951)
CDR David Raymond FitzGerald    Jun 7 1951 - Jul 19 1953
CDR Thomas Robert Weschler    Jul 19 1953 - May 1955 (Later VADM)
CDR Arthur Ferdinand Johnson    May 1955 - 1956
CDR Handford Thornton Cruser III    1956 - ?
CDR David Bryan Jr.    Nov 1956 - Aug 1958
CDR Tom R. Fleming Jr.    Aug 1958 - ?
CDR Frank Benjamin Guest Jr.    ? 1959 - ?
CDR Vernon S. Dudler    ? 1960 - ?
Commanding Officers under Turkish Command
Thanks to Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

CDR Orhan Karabulut    Jul 20 1966 - Aug 14 1968 (Later ADM)
CDR Fikri Topsever    Aug 14 1968 - Aug 20 1969
CDR Negmettin Keski    Aug 20 1969 - Sep 4 1970
CDR Fikret Capar    Dep 4 1970 - Sep 6 1971
CDR Sadun Ozturk    Sep 6 1971 - Aug 28 1972 (Later VADM)
CDR Varol Atalay    Aug 28 1972 - Aug 28 1973 (Later VADM)
LCDR Cetin Ersari    Aug 28 1973 - Aug 4 1974 (Later ADM)
CDR Ilhami Erdil    Aug 4 1974 - Aug 29 1975 (Later ADM)
CDR Coskun Ergunes    Aug 29 1975 - Sep 15 1976
CDR Okyar Erdal    Sep 15 1976 - Feb 7 1977
LCDR Mehmet Dincer    Feb 7 1977 - Aug 25 1977
LCDR Ali Yuksel Onel    Aug 25 1977 - Oct 2 1978
CDR Bulent Alpkaya    Oct 2 1978 - Aug 31 1979 (Later ADM)
LCDR Mehmet Zeybek    Aug 31 1979 - Feb 27 1980
LCDR Oktay Orga    Feb 27 1980 - Aug 29 1980
LCDR Ilyas Tunaoglu    Aug 29 1980 - Dec 24 1980
CDR Oktay Dilek    Dec 24 1980 - Oct 6 1981
LCDR Ertan Tufan    Oct 6 1981 - Aug 24 1982
CDR M. Ali Akkirman    Aug 24 1982 - Sep 15 1983
CDR Atilla Tok    Sep 15 1983 - Jul 17 1985
CDR S. Cetin Sekercioglu    Jul 17 1985 - Aug 1 1986

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles Bowman
Address: 32745 Fallhaven Circle, N. Ridgeville, OH 44039
Phone: (440)748-6623
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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