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USS Brackett (DE 41)

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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
Brackett (DE 41) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1943: Keel laid as BDE-41 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 16 June 1943: redesignated DE 41
  • 01 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. George G. Brackett, the mother of Lt. Brackett
  • 18 October 1943: Commissioned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Lt. John H. Roskilly, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 23 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 May 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    10k Bruce Godfrey Brackett, the son of George Godfrey Brackett and Ellen Kellogg Hill Brackett was born on 16 October 1915 in Seattle, Wash. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps in 1936 and served on board USS New York (BB 34), Colorado (BB 45), and Hopkins (DD 249). He was appointed an aviation cadet on 05 September 1939 and, following training as a naval aviator (heavier than air) at Pensacola, Fla., received a commission as an ensign on 15 April 1940. Brackett's first assignment was to Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 9 on board USS Honolulu (CL 48) to which he reported on 22 June. The light cruiser operated out of Pearl Harbor through 1941 and was moored in the Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked on 07 December. Honolulu suffered only minor hull damage and was initially assigned convoy escort duty between the United States, Australia, and Samoa. Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) in June 1942, Brackett spent the summer months of 1942 in the Aleutian Islands on board Honolulu.

    Promoted to lieutenant on 01 October 1942, he transferred to a VP squadron and began to fly PBY combat scouting missions for Task Force 67 (TF67, or Cactus Strike Force consisted of five DD's based at Guadalcanal) during the Battle of Tassafaronga in November and out of Espiritu Santo early in 1943. From 16 December 1942 to 14 January 1943, Lt. Brackett flew hazardous missions to seek out the "Tokyo Express," the nightly reinforcement runs of warships down the slot that separated two chains of islands in the Solomons group. On his missions, he distinguished himself by valor when faced with heavy Japanese antiaircraft fire. Without regard to his personal safety, he and his crew illuminated hostile targets for PT boat squadrons to attack. During the stormy night of 14 and 15 January, his PBY Catalina was shot down over Savo Island while assisting the PT boats engaging a nine-destroyer "express" run. Lt. Brackett was officially declared dead on 23 January and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his heroism.

    USS Brackett (DE 41) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.      (Photo courtesy of Freebase Data)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    321k 01 November 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - USS Brackett (DE 41) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo, Bureau of Ships Collection, #19-N-53904 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    45k circa May 1944: the South Pacific Ocean - The U. S. Navy destroyer escort USS Brackett (DE 41) in a floating dry dock in the Marshall Islands. Brackett hit a coral reef with the starboard propeller. After preliminary repairs on the starboard shaft, she set course for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 09 May 1944.

    (Photo: Bill Roberts, USN)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Brackett History
    View the USS Brackett (DE 41) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Brackett as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Brackett's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 08 Oct. 1943 - 13 Jun. 1944Lcdr. John Henry Roskilly Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Medfield, Mass.)
    2.) 13 Jun. 1944 - 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Alfred C. Reed Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: William L. Roberts
    Address: 3021 Princeton Drive
    City/State: Plano TX 75075
    Phone: (972) 985-8629
    E-mail: wmlroberts161 at
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