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USS Bradley (DE 1041)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - E - D - S
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Comet Express"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle E Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 stars - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 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-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Bradley (DE 1041) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 June 1961: Building contract awarded to the Bethlehem Steel Co.
  • 17 January 1963: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco Cal.
  • 26 March 1964: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Willis W. Bradley
  • 15 May 1965: Commissioned, Cmdr Robert H. Robeson in command, assigned to the Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1041)
  • 09 September 1988: Decommissioned at Naval Station, San Diego, Cal. after 23.4 years of service
  • 15 April 1989: Leased to Brazil, renamed NAe Pernambuco (D-30)
  • 24 January 2001: Struck from the NVR, permanently transferred to Brazil under the Security Assistance Program
  • 11 March 2004: Decommissioned from the Brazilian Navy at Naval Base Rio de Janeiro
  • 03 April 2012: An auction was held to dispose of the hull of the former CT Pernambuco, minimum bid set at R $537,000.00, there was no bidder.
  • 15 May 2012: An auction was held to dispose of the hull of the former CT Pernambuco, minimum bid set at R $455,000.00, there was no bidder.
  • 15 May 2013: An auction was held to dispose of the hull of the former CT Pernambuco, minimum bid set at R $280,000.00.
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    Willis Winter Bradley, Jr. was born in Ransomville, N.Y. on 28 June 1884. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1903 and graduated on 12 September 1906. He went to sea in Virginia (BB 13) and after two years, as a passed midshipman, he received his commission as an ensign on 13 September 1908. He then served in Culgoa from the fall of 1908 to October 1910, commissioned Perkins (DD 26), and served in her until March of 1911. From then until September of 1912, he saw duty, first in the transport Hancock and then in South Carolina (BB 26). He then commanded Biddle (TB 26) and the Reserve Torpedo Group at Annapolis, Md. Beginning in September 1913, Bradley studied ordnance and explosives at the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Md., and then at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He continued his studies at the Naval Proving Ground in Indian Head, Md., at the Bausch & Lomb, and at the Midvale Steel Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa. In July 1915, Bradley returned to sea in command of Stewart (DD 13). That December, he was transferred to command of Hull (DD 7) and Reserve Torpedo Division, Pacific Fleet. After service in San Diego (CA 6) between September 1916 and February 1917, Bradley became gunnery officer in Pittsburgh (CA 4). He earned the Medal of Honor on 23 July 1917 during a powder explosion in one of the ship's casemates, he entered the compartment, saved a man's life, and then reentered the casemate to extinguish burning gunpowder. Moving ashore again in January 1918 he headed the Explosives, Fuses, and Primers Section of the Bureau of Ordnance. He then went to the Naval Torpedo Station in Keyport, Wash., in August 1919 to serve as a naval inspector. Returning to sea in June 1920, Bradley served as gunnery officer in Texas (BB 35) until May 1921, when he reported to the Mare Island Navy Yard to assist in fitting out and commissioning California (BB 44) as her gunnery officer. Bradley returned to Keyport in May 1922 for two years of duty at the Naval Torpedo Station as the Naval Inspector in Charge. From July 1924 to November 1926, he commanded Gold Star (AK 12), the station ship at Guam. Between late 1926 and the middle of 1929, Bradley served in the Naval Reserve Section in the Bureau of Navigation, and then became governor of Guam in June 1929. He resumed sea duty in July 1931 in command of Bridge (AF 1). Two years later, he became Captain of the Yard at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. After six months, however, he was transferred to command of Portland (CA 33). In June 1937 he was reassigned to the Naval War College as a student. After a year of duty with the Pacific coast section of the Board of Inspection and Survey beginning in May 1938, Capt. Bradley commanded Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 31, Battle Force, based in San Diego for a year. At the conclusion of that assignment, he resumed duty with the Board of Inspection and Survey on the west coast. He continued in that billet through the end of World War II and until his retirement on 1 August 1946. Between 1947 and 1949, Bradley represented California’s 18th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He died at Santa Barbara, Cal., on 27 August 1954.

    USS Bradley (DE 1041) (1965-1988) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Top photo from the book "Medal of Honor 1861-1949, The Navy" page 114 ) (Bottom, photo #NH 51552 from the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Top Photo:
    Bill Gonyo




    Bottom Photo:
    Robert Hurst
    Bradley 107k 15 May 1965: San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - USS Bradley (DE 1041) being commissioned. USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) is in the background.
    (Official U.S. Navy Photo #NH 98430 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, 2003.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Bradley 174k USS Bradley (DE 1041), starboard bow view of the ship underway in April or May 1965.
    (Official U.S. Navy Photograph #NH 98498 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)
    Bradley 146k A starboard broadside view of USS Bradley (DE 1041) underway in April or May 1965.
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 98497 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Robert Hurst
    Bradley 55k USS Bradley (DE-1041) Underway in July 1965, starboard side view. Photographed by the Hunters Point Division of the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Calif.
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 96757 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bradley 64k USS Bradley (DE-1041) Underway in July 1965, starboard quarter view. Photographed by the Hunters Point Division of the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Calif
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 96758 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bradley 63k Underway, circa mid-1965. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph #NH 99938 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, Courtesy of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Ret.), 2005) Bill Gonyo
    Bradley 81k late 1965: off the California coast - A stern view of USS Bradley underway. The helicopter deck has been repainted for manned helicopter operations. (Note torpedo tubes in transom).
    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 98499 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Robert Hurst
    Bradley 46k date / location unknown Joe Barbaritz
    Bradley 86k An undated postcard view of Bradley as an FF.     (Postcard #P6107 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., Spring Valley, Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Bradley (FF-1041) - Fast Frigate - Honoring Captain Willis W. Bradley, Jr., USN, Congressional Medal of Honor winner during World War I service. USS Bradley was built by Bethlehem Steel Co. at San Francisco, California and commissioned on May 15, 1965.
    Mike Smolinski
    Bradley 81k February / September 1967: off the California coast - Bradley shown launching a Sea Sparrow missile during initial shipboard trials of the Basic Point Defense Missile System being conducted between February and September 1967.
    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 86116 courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, 1977; from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Robert Hurst
    Bradley 201k 08 July 1976: off the California coast - An aerial starboard bow view of Bradley underway near San Clemente Island.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06038 by PH3 H.J. Burgess from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Bradley 205k 08 July 1976: off the California coast - An aerial starboard beam view of Bradley underway near San Clemente Island.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06066 by PH3 H.J. Burgess from the DVIC)
    Bradley 236k 08 July 1976: off the California coast - A starboard view of Bradley underway near San Clemente Island.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06122 by PH3 H.J. Burgess from the DVIC)
    Fred Weiss
    Bradley 194k 08 July 1976: off the California coast - An aerial port quarter view of Bradley underway near San Clemente Island.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06065 by PH3 H.J. Burgess from the DVIC)
    Navsource
    Bradley 122k 01 April 1983: off the Philipine Islands - Bradley prepares for target practice at the Tabones Target Range.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01497 from the DVIC)
    Fred Weiss
    Bradley 96k 01 April 1983: off the Philipine Islands - Gunner's Mate Curtis Pascoe operates a missile electric systems test set aboard Bradley.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01492 from the DVIC)
    Navsource
    Bradley 106k 01 April 1983: Subic Bay, Philipine Islands - A port beam view of Bradley approaching the U.S. Naval Facility.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01485 from the DVIC)
    Bradley 119k 01 April 1983: Subic Bay, Philipine Islands - A starboard bow view of Bradley approaching the U.S. Naval Facility assisted by Nashua (YTB-774).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01486 from the DVIC)
    Bradley 81k Taken from the USS Decatur (DDG 31) during a Desron 7 "Tiger Cruise" returning from the 82-83 WestPac deployment. Lee Noland
    STGC, USN (ret.)
    Bradley 428k 26 June 1988: Vancouver, B.C. - Bradley underway off British Columbia.
    (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell)
    Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Bradley 91k circa 1988: NAe Pernambuco (D-30)
    (Brazilian Navy photo)
    Artemio Bueno Rosa, Jr.
    Bradley 190k undated: Rio de Janiero, Brazil - The former CT Pernambuco (ex-D-30) in storage at the Naval Base Rio de Janeiro.
    (Brazilian Navy photo #P068-f13 from the Navios De Guerra Brasileiros)
    Navsource
    Bradley 362k undated: Rio de Janiero, Brazil - The former CT Pernambuco (ex-D-30) in storage at the Naval Base Rio de Janeiro.
    (Brazilian Navy photo #P068-f16 from the Navios De Guerra Brasileiros)
    Bradley 666k undated: Rio de Janiero, Brazil - The former CT Pernambuco (ex-D-30) in storage at the Naval Base Rio de Janeiro.
    (Brazilian Navy photo #P068-f17 from the Navios De Guerra Brasileiros)

    Bradley
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Plaque

    Bradley
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's Lighter
    Comm. Memento
    Bradley
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Bradley History
    View the USS Bradley (DE 1041) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Bradley's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   15 May 1965 - 10 Jun. 1966Cmdr. Robert Holmes Robeson, Jr. (Rochester, N.Y.)
    2.)   10 Jun. 1966 - 15 Oct. 1968Cmdr. William Semmes (Fish) Whaley (Coronado, Cal.)
    3.)   15 Oct. 1968 - 15 Jul. 1970Cmdr. Joseph P. Metcalf III (USNA '51) (Holyoke, Mass.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    4.)   15 Jul. 1970 - 02 Dec. 1971Cmdr. Arthur Merwin Osborne (OCS '52) (Mahomet, Ill.)
    5.)   02 Dec. 1971 - 29 Jun. 1973Cmdr. Donald Martin
    6.)   29 Jun. 1973 - 19 Oct. 1975Cmdr. Alger Roscoe Heck (Mondovi, Wis.)
    7.)   19 Oct. 1975 - 15 Jul. 1977Cmdr. Thomas Floyd Lettington
    8.)   15 Jul. 1977 - 12 Jul. 1980Cmdr. Richard Warren Holly
    9.)   12 Jul. 1980 - 07 Jun. 1982Cmdr. Jerome L. Martin (Clearfield, Pa.)
    10.) 07 Jun. 1982 - 14 Jul. 1984Cmdr. Clement Robert Twardy
    11.) 14 Jul. 1984 - 01 Nov. 1986Cmdr. Theodore Koopman
    12.) 01 Nov. 1986 - 29 Sep. 1988Cmdr. John Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    September 2017 at New Orleans, La.

    Contact Name: Bruce Gottsch, Secretary, USS Bradley Association
    Address: PO Box 23516 / Fort Lauderdale FL 33307
    Phone: (914) 261-1984
    E-mail: brucegottsch at gmail.com

    Note About Contacts

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    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
    Frequently Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

    USS Bradley Association Website
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Bradley page at the Naval History and Heritage Command
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Bradley Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Bradley Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Bradley
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