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Left ship's patch courtesy of Michael Roberts, via Nick Tiberio, remainder from Mike Smolinski

USS Bronstein (DE 1037)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - T - V - T
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Sea Scout"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 stars - Humanitarian Service Medal
Third Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Bronstein
Type: SCB No. 199 / 1960
Number in Class: 2
Displacement: 2,360 tons (std), 2,650 tons (full)
Length: 350' 0" (wl), 371' 6" (oa)
Beam: 40' 6" (extreme)
Draft: 23' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 600-psi boilers; 1 DeLaval geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 3,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 183
Guns: 2 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (1x2) (300 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (8 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26, TASS
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 39 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 7 ASW FCS
Bronstein (DE 1037) Building and Operational Data:
  • 13 June 1960: Building contract awarded to Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.
  • 16 May 1961: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 31 March 1962: Launched and christened
  • 16 June 1963: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., Lcdr Stanley T. Counts in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1037)
  • 13 December 1990: Decommissioned at Naval Station Pearl Harbor after 27.5 years of service
  • 04 October 1991: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 November 1993: Sold to Mexico, renamed ARM Hermenegildo Galeana (E-42), still in Mexican service as of early 2000
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    Bronstein 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).
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    Bronstein 69k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Bronstein 36k date / location unknown
    Bronstein 111k date / location unknown -
    Bronstein 88k
    Bronstein 219k date unknown, USS Bronstein (DE 1037) off the coast of San Diego (© Marine Photos, San Diego CA) Nick Tiberio
    Bronstein 189k date / location unknown
    Bronstein 112k 5 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. -
    ***Hooper / Bronstein*** 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
    Bronstein 123k April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Bronstein passing USS Evans (DE 1023) while enroute to WestPac.
    Bronstein 243k October 1967: Yokosuka, Japan - Bronstein alongside USS Markab (AR 23) at Yokosuka.
    Bronstein 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.
    Mike Smolinski
    Bronstein 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) Mike Green
    Bronstein 160k 1972: This stern view of Bronstein shows the large amount of deck area required to house and support the DASH helicopter system. -
    ***Brewton / Bronstein*** 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 Mike Green
    Bronstein 149k 1976: at Los Angeles, Cal. - Bronstein rigged for holiday. Brian Kroenung EMC(SW)
    Bronstein 130k 1976: at Los Angeles, Cal.
    **Downes / Bronstein** 78k 1 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) Navsource
    **Downes / Bronstein** 102k 1 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)
    **Downes / Bronstein** 87k 1 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)
    Bronstein 52k 1984 Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Bronstein 66k 1984
    Bronstein 195k 2 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) Fred Weiss
    Bronstein 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) Navsource
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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)
    Bronstein 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) Fred Weiss
    Bronstein 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
    Stores Accountant
    Bronstein 311k 1 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 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC) Navsource
    Bronstein 238k 1 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - The decommissioned Bronstein lies at anchor in the Middle Loch. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02896 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Bronstein 294k 21 August 2007: Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico - Hermenegildo Galeana (F-202) (ex-USS Bronstein) tied up at Naval Base. (Photo taken by Yaomautzin Ohtokani) Navsource

    Bronstein Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Bronstein
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Lighter
    Bronstein
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Mug
    Bronstein
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
    Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
    © Mario DeMarco
    Bronstein
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    The USS Bronstein (DE 1037) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    Bronstein's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  15 Jun. 1963 - 18 Jul. 1964Lcdr. Stanley Thomas Counts (retired as Radm.)
    2.)  18 Jul. 1964 - 13 Nov. 1965Lcdr. William Renwick Smedberg IV (retired as Radm.)
    3.)  13 Nov. 1965 - 02 May 1967Lcdr. Robert L. Lage
    4.)  02 May 1967 - 13 Dec. 1968Lcdr. John Watson
    5.)  13 Dec. 1968 - 30 Jun. 1970Lcdr. Walter Dorman Bonhag, Jr.
    6.)  30 Jun. 1970 - 22 Apr. 1971Lcdr. Edward Bigelow Baker Jr. (retired as Radm.)
    7.)  22 Apr. 1971 - 24 May 1971Lcdr. Kenneth Frank Robinson
    8.)  24 May 1971 - 06 Sep. 1972Lcdr. Charles David Ewig
    9.)  06 Sep. 1972 - 17 Dec. 1973Lcdr. Glenn E. Whisler, Jr. (retired as Radm.)
    10.) 17 Dec. 1973 - 18 Apr. 1975Lcdr. Marvel Henry Loy, Jr.
    11.) 18 Apr. 1975 - 15 Dec. 1976Lcdr. William John Flanagan, Jr. (retired as Adm.)
    12.) 15 Dec. 1976 - 02 Dec. 1978Lcdr. Larry Ray Seaquist
    13.) 02 Dec. 1978 - 05 Dec. 1980Lcdr. William Robert Schmidt (retired as Radm.)
    14.) 05 Dec. 1980 - 25 Feb. 1983Lcdr. James Cutler Dawson, Jr. (retired as Vadm.)
    15.) 25 Feb. 1983 - 04 Jan. 1985Lcdr. Neil Francis Byrne
    16.) 04 Jan. 1985 - 15 May 1987Lcdr. David Thomas Hart, Jr. (retired as Radm.)
    17.) 15 May 1987 - 12 May 1989Lcdr. Richard Lee Wright
    18.) 12 May 1989 - 13 Dec. 1990Lcdr. Scott L. Jones

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Bronstein
    USS Bronstein Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Bronstein Page on Military.Com
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