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USS Bebas (DE 10)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - B - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Bebas (DE 10) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 November 1942: Keel laid as BDE-10 by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 09 January 1943: Launched
  • 25 January 1943: Reallocated to the U.S. Navy and named Bebas (DE 10)
  • 15 May 1943: Christened in a special ceremony just before commissioning, sponsored by Mrs. Angeline M. Bebas, Ens. Bebasís mother; commissioned, Lcdr. George B. Gilbertson, USNR, in command
  • 18 October 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • January 1947: Sold for scrapping to the Pacific Bridge Co., San Francisco, Cal.
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    73k Gus George Bebas was born on 24 February 1914 in Chicago, Ill. He received his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 26 May 1938 while attending the Northwestern University School of Engineering, earning a B.S. degree in commerce in 1939. Bebas served in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at that institution, and trained on board USS Wichita (CA 45) between 16 and 30 June 1939. His commission as an ensign terminated on 22 January 1940 and he enlisted the following day as a seaman second class. He completed one stint of elimination flight training at Naval Reserve Aviation Base Glenview between 14 February and 14 March 1940, and a second between 15 December 1940 and 15 January 1941. His enlistment terminated 19 February when he became an aviation cadet, USNR, and reported for training at Naval Air Station), Pensacola, the following day. Transferred to NAS Miami for further training on 04 August, he was appointed naval aviator No. 8779, on 05 September. Released from active duty involving training on 25 September, he received promotion to ensign, A-V(N), USNR, the following day. Assigned to the Advanced Carrier Training Group, Atlantic Fleet, on 26 September, Bebas reported to the Curtiss SBC-3-equipped Bombing Squadron (VB) 8, part of the Hornet (CV 8) Air Group, two days before Christmas of 1941.

    When Hornet sailed for the Pacific in March 1942, his squadron was re-equipping with the Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless. During the first day of the Battle of Midway, 04 June 1942, Bebas flew with VB-8 in the first strike from Task Force 16, but his squadron did not locate the enemy, flying to Midway and thence, after refueling, back to the ship. The next afternoon, 5 June, he participated in the search for the damaged Japanese carrier Hiryu. Not finding her (she had actually sunk long before), Bombing 8 pounced on the destroyer Tanikaze instead. On the afternoon of 06 June, he took part in strikes flown against the heavy cruisers Mogamiand Mikuna and their screening destroyers, scoring a damaging near miss on Mogami in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire. This display of courageous conduct and devotion earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Hornet returned to Pearl Harbor following the Battle of Midway, and her air group, shore-based, returned to operational training. While on a routine three-plane bombing flight off Oahu on the morning of 19 July 1942, Bebas pushed over into a dive on a target boat maneuvering off Barberís Point, and released his practice bomb at 2,000 feet. Instead of immediately recovering, however, he entered a relatively steep right turn. He either blacked-out or could not overcome the heavy stick forces present in the dive, and his SBD-3 (BuNo 4573) crashed into the ocean, killing Bebas and his passenger, Ens. William M. Stevens, D-V(G), USNR.

    USS Bebas (DE 10) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the November 1942 edition of the Northwestern University Alumni News thanks to the assistance of Allyson Mauck of the Northwestern University Alumni Association and Kevin B. Leonard of the Northwestern University Archives)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    25k undated Paul Bono
    RDM 3rd class
    22k undated
    90k These photos were dated 24 May 1944 in San Francisco Bay, on that day Bebas was anchored in Purvis Bay, just north of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. We were unable to ascertain that Bebas was ever at Hunters Point or any of the other shipyards in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Upper Photo: USS Bebas (DE 10) as seen from the starboard bow at Hunters Point in camouflage scheme MS32/22D on 24 May 1944.

    (U.S. Navy, Bureau of Shipping, Catalog #BS 69837 from the United States National Archives)

    Lower Photo: USS Bebas (DE 10) off Hunters Point, San Francisco wearing camouflage measure MS31/22D. Bebas is carrying a HF/DF antenna on top of the mast above the SR radar dome. The HF/DF was not usually deployed on Pacific Fleet destroyer escorts, since, while it was used to detect radio transmissions from enemy submarines, This was not deemed as effective against Japanese submarines as against German U-Boats. Bebas had been in the Atlantic between May and August 1943, but was assigned to the Pacific after completing shakedown and spending the next few weeks in coastal escort and patrol operations out of Casco Bay in Maine, Boston, New York, and Norfolk. Bebas departed Hampton Roads on 24 August 1943 for the Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy, Bureau of Shipping, Catalog #BS 69838 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    156k 1945: San Francisco Bay - Taken off the Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974)
    David Buell

    Bebas History
    View the USS Bebas (DE 10) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Bebas as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Bebas' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 May 1943 - 29 Jun. 1943Lcdr. George Barton Gilbertson, USNR (Comm. CO) (Hennepin, Minn.)
    2.) 29 Jun. 1943 - 01 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Frederick William Kinsley, USN (USNA Ď35) (Marblehead, Mass.)
    3.) 01 Feb. 1944 - 21 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Jack Reuben Schweizer, USNR (Mariposa, Cal.)
    4.) 21 Mar. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Melvin Myers Dichter, USNR
    5.) 03 Oct. 1945 - 18 Oct. 1945Lt. Joseph Claude Sloane Jr. (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Paul Bono

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