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|6k||Ben Richard Bronstein was born on 14 April 1915 in Manchester, N.H. and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1936, then from Tufts College
Medical School at Boston in 1940. Dr. Bronstein was appointed Assistant Surgeon, Medical Corps with the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) on 4 October 1941. He reported to the
Portsmouth (NH) Navy Yard on 6 November; then moved on to Casco Bay, Me. to await transportation to Argentia, Newfoundland, to meet USS Jacob Jones (DD 130). He
reported on board the destroyer late in December.
While serving as a roving antisubmarine patrol ship off the Delaware Capes on 27 February 1942, Jacob Jones spotted the burning wreckage of the torpedoed tanker R. P. Resor. The destroyer searched the area around the wreckage for survivors and then headed south on patrol. At dawn on 28 February, the undetected German submarine U-578 sank Jacob Jones with at least two torpedoes. Lt.(jg.) Bronstein was lost with the ship.
USS Bronstein (DE 1037) (1963-1990) was the second ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DE 189 (1943-1945).
|86k||31 March 1962: Westwego, La. - A forward view of the future USS Bronstein (DE 1037) showing her sharp “clipper bow” and the large AN/SQS-26 sonar dome. The ship is on the launching ways
at Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
(Avondale photo #11590 donated to the Navy, Bronstein (FF-1037), Ships History File; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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|219k||date unknown, USS Bronstein (DE 1037) off the coast of San Diego
(© Marine Photos, San Diego CA)
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|112k||05 December 1963: San Diego, Cal. - This photo of Bronstein in dry-dock shows the massive SQS-26 bow mounted sonar. The Bronstein class of destroyer escorts were the smallest ships able to mount that sonar.||-|
|199k||1965: the Pacific Ocean - USS Bronstein ship portrait as sent out by the ship's Public Affairs Officer.
(U.S. Navy Photo)
|198k||April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Four of USS Hornet's task group on the way to WESTPAC in April 1967. Left to right: USS Hooper (DE 1026), USS Taylor (DD 468), USS Davidson (DE 1045) and Bronstein. Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023) port side. USS Bridget (DE 1024) and USS Walker (DD 517) would have been to Evans' starboard side.||Darryl Baker|
|123k||April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Bronstein passing USS Evans (DE 1023) while enroute to WestPac.|
|243k||October 1967: Yokosuka, Japan - Bronstein alongside USS Markab (AR 23) at Yokosuka.|
|75k||An undated postcard view of Bronstein as an FF. (Postcard #ICS-108475 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co.,
Spring Valley, Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)
Caption reads: U.S.S. Bronstein (FF-1037) - Best in the West. Dynamite comes in small packages.
|322k||spring 1969: off the California Coast - Traffic Officer Myron Smith of the California Highway Patrol holds a safety lecture at sea for these sailors
aboard USS James E. Kyes (DD 787). Officer Smith will then hold the same lecture on board USS Bronstein (DE 1037) behind him.
(U.S. Navy photo #1142088 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
|262k||spring 1969: off the California Coast - Highlined... Travel at sea isn't as hazardous as it looks to Patrolman Smith but it was certainly an exciting
experience. While traveling from the destroyer Kyes to the Bronstein, Officer Smith said he longed for the security of his patrol car.
(U.S. Navy photo #1142083 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
|168k||spring 1969: off the California Coast - Reading the rules... Traffic Officer Myron Smith of the California Highway Patrol explains a new traffic regulation
to Lieutenant Commander Walter Bonhag, the commanding officer of the USS Bronstein (DE 1037).
(U.S. Navy photo #1142085 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
|147k||spring 1969: off the California Coast - Driving course... Traffic Officer Smith learns the seagoing "Rules of the Road" from helmsman William Evans. Seaman
Evans was chosen the Bronstein's "White Hat of the Year" for his outstanding performance of duty.
(U.S. Navy photo #1142086 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
|333k||12 June 1969: off Viet Nam - USS Ashtabula (AO 51) simultaneously refueling
the USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) and Bronstein in the Gulf of Tonkin.
(U.S. Navy photo #1996.488.198.018 from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum)
|667k||12 June 1969: off Viet Nam - A second view of the above evolution.
(U.S. Navy photo)
|185k||24 April 1971: Between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean - Antisubmarine Warfare Group 3 passing through the Sunda Straits while conducting a memorial service for the cruisers
USS Houston (CA-30) and HMAS Perth (D29) that were sunk here on 28 February 1942. The following ships are visible (l-r): USS
Bronstein (DE-1037), USS Meyerkord (DE-1058), USS
Ticonderoga (CVS-14), USS Schofield (DEG-3), and USS
John S. McCain (DDG-36).
(U.S. Navy photo from the USS Schofield (DEG-3) 1971 Cruise Book)
|160k||1972: This stern view of Bronstein shows the large amount of deck area required to house and support the DASH helicopter system.||-|
|202k||July 1975: the Pacific Ocean - The frigates USS Brewton(FF 1086) and
Bronstein underway escorting USS Hancock (CV 19).
(U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.054.113
|149k||1976: at Los Angeles, Cal. - Bronstein rigged for holiday.||Brian Kroenung EMC(SW)|
|130k||1976: at Los Angeles, Cal.|
|78k||01 June 1983: Naval Station, Subic Bay, P.I. - Lcdr. Tom Anderson, aboard the frigate USS Bronstein (FF 1037) (in foreground), waves
to Cdr. George Coshow II standing aboard the frigate USS Downes (FF 1070). Coshow’s standing in front
of the Downes‘ Mark 42 5-inch/54-cal. gun mount.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01475 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|102k||01 June 1983: Naval Station, Subic Bay, P.I. - A starboard bow view of the frigates USS Downes (FF 1070) and Bronstein leaving
U.S. Naval Facility Subic Bay.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01472 from the DVIC)
|87k||01 June 1983: Naval Station, Subic Bay, P.I. - A starboard bow view of the frigates Downes and Bronstein leaving U.S. Naval
Facility Subic Bay.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01473 from the DVIC)
BMCS, USNR (ret.)
|195k||02 November 1985: Apra Harbor, Guam - A barge, YON-293 is tied up alongside Bronstein, which is moored at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07726 by PHAN M. Anderson from the DVIC)
|129k||16 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - A port bow view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01619 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|130k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - An port quarter view of Bronstein underway.
(US Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01620 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|243k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - A stern view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01621 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|129k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - A starboard beam view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01622 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|120k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - A starboard bow view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01623 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|454k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - A port beam view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01624 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|143k||24 November 1986: off the coast Southern California - An aerial port beam view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01626 by PH3 Patty from the DVIC)
|106k||1990: off the coast of Subic Bay, P.I. - Members of the deck force stand in formation on the deck of Bronstein.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID DVID #DN-ST-93-01089 from the DVIC)
|125k||1990: off the coast of Subic Bay, P.I. - A port quarter view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01091 from the DVIC)
|125k||1990: off the coast of Subic Bay, P.I. - A port beam view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01091 from the DVIC)
|150k||January 1990: off the coast of Honolulu, Hi. - A port quarter view of Bronstein underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05738 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|285k||mid-1990: off the coast of California. - I took this photograph of Bronstein whilst I was onboard HMS Cleopatra. We were conducting Exocet Missile Trials against Goalkeeper. Needless to say, Goalkeeper won!||Doug Martin,
former RN Leading
|311k||01 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The decommissioned Bronstein lies at anchor in the Middle Loch.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02886 and #DN-SC-92-02896 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|294k||21 August 2007: Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico - Hermenegildo Galeana (F-202) (ex-USS Bronstein) tied up at Naval Base.
(Photo taken by Yaomautzin Ohtokani)
Courtesy of Mike
|Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
© Mario DeMarco
|View the USS Bronstein (DE 1037) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Bronstein's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Jun. 1963 - 18 Jul. 1964||Lcdr. Stanley Thomas Counts (USNA '49) (Wichita, Kan.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 18 Jul. 1964 - 13 Nov. 1965||Lcdr. William Renwick Smedberg IV (USNA '51) (Alexandria, Va.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|3.) 13 Nov. 1965 - 02 May 1967||Lcdr. Robert L. Lage (Tracy, Minn.)|
|4.) 02 May 1967 - 13 Dec. 1968||Lcdr. John Watson|
|5.) 13 Dec. 1968 - 30 Jun. 1970||Lcdr. Walter Dorman Bonhag, Jr. (Denver, Co.)|
|6.) 30 Jun. 1970 - 22 Apr. 1971||Lcdr. Edward Bigelow Baker Jr. (USNA '59) (Detroit, Mich.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|7.) 22 Apr. 1971 - 24 May 1971||Lcdr. Kenneth Frank Robinson (USNA '57) (Bristol, R.I.)|
|8.) 24 May 1971 - 06 Sep. 1972||Lcdr. Charles David Ewig|
|9.) 06 Sep. 1972 - 17 Dec. 1973||Lcdr. Glenn E. Whisler, Jr. (Morgantown, W.V.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|10.) 17 Dec. 1973 - 18 Apr. 1975||Lcdr. Marvel Henry Loy, Jr. (Ventura, Cal.)|
|11.) 18 Apr. 1975 - 15 Dec. 1976||Lcdr. William John Flanagan, Jr. (Jessup, Ga.) (ret. as Adm.)|
|12.) 15 Dec. 1976 - 02 Dec. 1978||Lcdr. Larry Ray Seaquist (OCS '62) (Idaho Falls, Id.)|
|13.) 02 Dec. 1978 - 05 Dec. 1980||Lcdr. William Robert Schmidt (Elizabethton, Tenn.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|14.) 05 Dec. 1980 - 25 Feb. 1983||Lcdr. James Cutler Dawson, Jr. (USNA '70) (Richmond, Va.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|15.) 25 Feb. 1983 - 04 Jan. 1985||Lcdr. Neil Francis Byrne (New York, N.Y.)|
|16.) 04 Jan. 1985 - 15 May 1987||Lcdr. David Thomas Hart, Jr. (Cleveland, Oh.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|17.) 15 May 1987 - 12 May 1989||Lcdr. Richard Lee Wright|
|18.) 12 May 1989 - 13 Dec. 1990||Lcdr. Scott L. Jones|
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