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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJDF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ADJUSTER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 5 x 21" tt.(1x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. December 20 1944.
Launched May 26 1945 and commissioned October 1 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken December 3 1973.
To Brazil December 3 1973, renamed Mariz e Barros.
Decommissioned By Brazil, September 1 1997, serving as a dock side training ship.
Fate Expended as a target, December 2000.

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Bass 80kHarry Brinkley Bass was born in Chicago, Ill., on Independence Day 1916 and was appointed a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy on 11 June 1934 and graduated on 2 June 1938. Appointed ensign the same day, Ens. Bass reported for duty in New Orleans (CA-32), then serving on the west coast, on 29 June 1938. Detached from New Orleans on 10 June 1939, he reported to Farragut (DD-348) two days later. On 7 August 1940, Bass departed Farragut to proceed to the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., to begin flight training. He began his tour of duty on 25 August 1940. His training lasted until the beginning of 1941. On 7 February 1941, Ens. Bass was designated a naval aviator, and on the 20th, he was detached from the Pensacola Air Station. He moved to the Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla., on 24 February for additional instruction before joining Bombing Squadron (VB) 2 in Lexington (CV-2) on 14 May. During the fall of 1941, his ship moved from the west coast to Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. He and his carrier operated from that base for the remainder of Lexington’s career. On 5 December 1941, two days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bass was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade} to date from 2 June 1941. At the time of the attack, his ship was at sea with Task Force (TF) 12 delivering Marine Corps Vought SB2U-3 Vindicators from VMSB-231 to reinforce the defenses of Midway Island. Following the outbreak of hostilities, he participated in missions against enemy installations and shipping--notably the raid on Lae and Salamaua on the northern coast of New Guinea. He was credited with sinking an enemy ship during those attacks on 10 March l942--an action for which he received the Navy Cross. Later, Lt. (jg.) Bass received a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for his part in helping to sink the Japanese small carrier Shoho on 7 May 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. That same battle, however, brought the loss of his ship, Lexington. After suffering severe torpedo and bomb damage, she was scuttled by torpedoes from Phelps (DD-360). Soon after that engagement, on 15 June 1942, Brinkley Bass was promoted to lieutenant. On the 26th, he was ordered to report to the newly established Fighting Squadron (VF) 29. His squadron was assigned to the escort carrier Santee (CVE-29) and, while assigned to that warship, he and his squadron provided air support for the landings in French Morocco between 8 and 11 November. His part in that operation earned him the Silver Star. On 21 December 1942, Lt. Bass succeeded to command of VF-29. He and his squadron served in Santee for about another year. During that time they escorted convoys and conducted hunter-killer antisubmarine patrols. During the late summer of 1943, Santee planes carried out a successful series of actions against German U-boats in the region south of the Azores. For his leadership of VF-29 during that period, Lt. Bass received a letter of commendation and the commendation ribbon. He retained command of VF-29 into the spring of 1944, though the squadron left Santee at the end of 1943. On 11 April 1944, he assumed command of VF-74, and received his promotion to lieutenant commander on the 15th. Late in June, Lt. Comdr. Bass and VF-74 reported on board Kasaan Bay (CVE-69). That escort carrier departed Quonset Point, R.I., on 30 June and arrived at Oran, Algeria, on 10 July. For the next month, his squadron and ship conducted antisubmarine patrols in the Mediterranean and prepared for the invasion of southern France. Kasaan Bay, with Lt. Comdr. Bass and his squadron embarked, departed Valetta, Malta, on 12 August 1944 and arrived off the invasion beaches on the 15th. For the next five days, he led his squadron in bombing and strafing runs on enemy positions and supply lines. Lt. Comdr. Bass was killed on 20 August 1944 when his plane crashed as a result of enemy action. For that last engagement, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, posthumously.Bill Gonyo
Bass 105kArtist's conception of the Brinkley Bass in a cutaway view 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
Bass 89kUndated, location unknown.-
Bass 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Bass 246kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 122kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 104kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 189kNewspaper clipping for the Launching dated May 27 1945.Ron Reeves
Bass 72kMarch 16 1951, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Bass 130kCirca mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Bass 124kBrinkley Bass at Mare Island during her overhaul in April 1956. She was at the yard from 3/1/56 until 5/25/56. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bass 153kNovember 24 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Bass 115kUSS Rogers (DDR-876), USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887), USS Preble (DLG-15), USS Mahan (DLG-11), USS King (DLG-10) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) lined up together at San Diego, 4 February, 1961.Robert Hurst
Bass 93kAs above.Robert Hurst
Bass 180kAs above.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Bass 43kUSS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and USS Maddox (DD-731) at Long Beach in 1965.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Bass 224kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 203kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 201kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 186kCirca 1967 with the USS Passumpsic (AO-107) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 76kJune 1968, just prior to her Vietnam delpoyment in July 1968.CDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 80kTransiting through Pearl Harbor enroute to Gulf of Tonkin, July 1968. Marc Piché
LCDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 49kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 36kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 28kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Brazilian Service
Bass 148kAntônio Carlos de Mariz e Barros, born in Rio de Janeiro 07 March 1835, was a Brazilian naval officer. During the Paraguayan War (War of the Triple Alliance), Lieutenant Mariz e Barros commanded the armored gunboat Tamandaré. He was mortally wounded during the shelling of the Itapirú defenses on 27 March 1866, dying the next day. The former Brinkley Bass was the third Brazilian naval vessel to be named for Mariz e Barros.
"Le capitaine Mariz-e-Barros, mort au bombardement d'Itapiru," illustration from journal universel, Vol. XLVII, nº 1.215, 09 June 1866.
Dave Wright
Bass 56kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) at sea, circa 1975. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 47kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 57kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 53kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 69kAs the CT Mariz E Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 667kCT Mariz E Barros (D 26) tied up at Naval Base, Rio de Janeiro, 17 October 1990. National Archives photo from Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, Record Group 330. NA identifier 6466978. Original photographer Don S. MontgomeryLuiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Philip Wallace Winston    Oct 1 1945 - 1947

CDR Thomas Charles Warfield    1947 - 1949

CDR Michael J. O'Connor    1949 - Aug 1950

CDR Aaron Frederick Beyer Jr.    Aug 1950 - Sep 1952

CDR Gordon Gemmill    Sep 1952 - Dec 1953

CDR Samuel Hugh Alexander    Dec 1953 - Jun 1955

CDR John Blount Davis Jr.    Jun 1955 - Jan 22 1957 (Later RADM)

CDR Walter Charles Klein    Jan 22 1957 - 1959

CDR Melvin George (Max) Grazda    1959 - 1961

LCDR John Phoenix Moore Richards II    1961 - 1962

CDR Lawrence Arthur Wilder    1962 - Aug 1963

CDR Charles Raymond Anderson    Aug 1963 - 1965

CDR Will Ed Lassiter    1965 - Jun 22 1966

CDR Sumner (Stud) Gurney    Jun 22 1966 - Jul 1968

CDR Steven Van Westendorp    Jul 1968 - Jan 3 1970

CDR James Walter Tucker    Jan 3 1970 - Sep 1972

CDR Earl Edward Schultz    Sep 1972 - Dec 3 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Shetron
Address: 347 W. Leeside Street, Glendora CA 91741
Phone: (626) 335-4034

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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