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USS Breeman (DE 104)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Breeman (DE 104) Building and Operational Data:
  • 20 March 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 04 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Marie Breeman Schellgell, niece of the late Chief Turret Captain Breeman
  • date unknown: Towed from Wilmington to the Norfolk Navy Yard and completed there
  • 12 December 1943: Commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Lcdr. Edward N. W. Hunter, USNR, in command
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4⅓ months of service
  • 29 October 1948: Transferred to China, renamed T'ai Chong (F-24) (escaped with Nationalist Forces to Taiwan, struck in December 1972, hulk used as fill in pier ramp construction)
  • 22 December 1948: Struck from the NVR
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    396k 10 February 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - This photograph was taken off Norfolk, Virginia. Note the huff/duff antenna at the foretruck, in place of the SA air search radar.

    (U.S. Navy photo #19-N-62568 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    129k 08 August 1944: The Atlantic Ocean - USS Breeman (DE 104) underway in the Atlantic. Photographed from USS Card (CVE 11).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-241747from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    59k as T'ai Chong, date / location unknown Waldo

    Breeman History
    View the USS Breeman (DE 104) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Breeman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Dec. 1943 - 24 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Edward Norman Wilson Hunter, USNR (Comm. CO) (San Francisco, Cal.)
    2.) 24 Aug. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Andrew James McCrudden, USNR (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    3.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) August W. Bazemore, USNR
    4.) .. Mar. 1946 - 26 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Walter C. Johnson, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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