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USS Brough (DE 148)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - D - R - N
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Highland Fling"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ star - WWII Victory Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Antarctic Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Brough (DE 148) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 January 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, Tex.
  • 10 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jack Bell, sister of Lieutenant Junior Grade Davis Atkins Brough
  • 18 September 1943: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr Kenneth J. Hartley in command
  • 22 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.5 years of service
  • 07 September 1951: Recommissioned after overhaul by the Merrill Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville, Fla., Lcdr H. J. Hulings in command
  • 30 June 1965: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 13.8 years of service
  • 01 November 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 October 1966: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md.
  • January 1967: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    Brough 48k Lieutenant Junior Grade David Atkins Brough was born at Pueblo, Colorado, on 15 June 1914. He was appointed as a Naval Aviation Cadet USNR in October 1939 and was appointed Ensign USNR on 30 July 1940. At the beginning of World Mar II, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brough, attached to Patrol Squadron 42, flew scouting missions along the Alaskan Coast and participated in regular bombing raids on the Japanese held islands of Attu and Kiska. During June 1942, Brough participated in numerous bombing raids on Japanese shipping in Kiska Harbor, For this action he was recommended for the Air Medal. However, before the Air Medal could be presented to him he was killed in an airplane crash following a scouting mission. The Air Medal was presented posthumously to Brough’s sister, Miss Jack Bell, since both of the aviator's parents were no longer living.

    USS Brough (DE 148) (1943-1965) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Tom Sowell.)
    John N. Adriani
    Brough 114k Date / Location unknown (This photo would be in the 1943-44 WWII Era. Looking at the ships mast the air search radar antenna has not been installed, and the ship is in camouflage measure 22 with the triple torpedo rack seen midships (removed at a later date). At a later time the bed spring radar antenna was installed and she was repainted in camouflage measure 32 by 1945. The ship is at anchor since the anchor ball can be seen on the signal halyard. (Photo: Dan Cooley Collection)
    Brough 118k Location unknown - This photo is believed to have been taken shortly after her recommissioning in late 1951 or early 1952, since the WWII air search bedspring antenna is clearly seen at the top of the mast. Sometime later the air search radar antenna was replaced and relocated at a lower position on the mast. Brough is sporting her new peace time paint with her large shadow type hull numbers. Photo was purchased on eBay. (John N. Adriani Collection)
    Brough 128k 1951: Havana Cuba - USS Brough entering Havana Harbor. Charles Cordino
    Brough 41k 1953: At sea - Brough coming alongside for fuel. (Photo © Richard Armstrong) Richard O. Armstrong
    Brough 306k 1953: At sea - USS Brough underway. (U.S. Navy Photo #1057615) Jim Geldert
    Brough 307k 1956: Brough arriving at Dunedin, New Zealand, while on Operation Deep Freeze II. This photo was taken some time between October 1956 - March 1957. Crew are in blue winter uniforms as seen on the bow making preparations for docking. (Caption submitted by: John N. Adriani Sr.; Photo from Marcos M. Ronquillo Collection) John N. Adriani
    Brough 238k Fall of 1956: Operation Deep Freeze II, Brough arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand which can clearly been seen in the back ground. (Caption submitted by: John N. Adriani Sr.; Photo from Marcos M. Ronquillo Collection)
    Brough 44k February 1960: Naval Station Key West, Fla. - Brough moored at the Key West Naval Annex. (Photo © Fred Weiss) Fred Weiss
    SOG3, USS Brough
    Brough 180k 1962: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - Taken from Brough's Mount 32 overlooking Mayport Harbor. Off the port bow is the USS Noa (DD 841), in the background is the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42). Bill Netch
    Brough 100k August 1962: Boston, Mass. - Brough in Boston Harbor, heading to the shipyard. (Photo #19620800S-20, © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Brough 99k August 1962: Boston, Mass. - Brough in Boston Harbor, heading to the shipyard. (Photo #19620800S-21, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Brough 90k August 1962: Boston, Mass. - Brough in Boston Harbor, heading to the shipyard. (Photo #19620800S-22, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Brough 272k August 1962: Boston, Mass. - Brough preparing to moor. In the background are Johnston (DD 821), John Willis (DE 1027), Albany (CG 10), Edisto (AGB 2), Gearing (DD 710), APL-54 and others at the Boston Naval Shipyard.
    (Photo #19620800S-28, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Brough 294k August 1962: Boston, Mass. - Brough being assisted into her berth. In the background are Johnston (DD 821), John Willis (DE 1027), Albany (CG 10), Edisto (AGB 2), Gearing (DD 710), and others at the Boston Naval Shipyard. (Photo #19620800S-33, © Richard Leonhardt)
    Brough 53k September 1962: Taken from Brough's mount 32. USS Hissem (DER 400) is off the port bow, a Coast Guard cutter and USS Betelgeuse (AK 260) are off bow. The coast of Cuba is off to starboard. (Photo © Fred Weiss) Fred Weiss
    Brough 53k December 1962: Key West Naval Annex - moored portside to. (Photo © Fred Weiss)
    Brough 241k undated / location unknown David Buell

    Brough History
    View the USS Brough (DE 148) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a A Concise Brough History (from the ship's historian)

    Brough's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  18 Sep. 1943 - 12 Nov. 1943Lcdr. Kenneth James Hartley* (Comm. CO)
    2.)  12 Nov. 1943 - 23 Nov. 1943Lcdr. Arthur James Hopkins (Douglas, Ariz.)
    3.)  23 Nov. 1943 - 11 Sep. 1944Lcdr. James A. Rector (Alhambra, Cal.)
    4.)  11 Sep. 1944 - 17 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Milton A. Stein (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    5.)  17 Oct. 1945 - 18 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Eugene Emerson (Cambridge, Mass.)
    6.)  18 Jan. 1946 - 01 Feb. 1946Lt. Douglas L. Burgess
    7.)  01 Feb. 1946 - 22 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg). Charles J. Hickman (Decomm. CO)
    8.)  07 Sep. 1951 - 30 Sep. 1953Cdr. Harry Joseph Hulings (Recomm. CO)
    9.)  30 Sep. 1953 - 03 Aug. 1954Cdr. Daniel Webster Abercrombie III (Worchester, Mass.)
    10.) 03 Aug. 1954 - 23 Aug. 1956Cdr. Garette Ertel Lockee (Pembroke, N.C.)
    11.) 23 Aug. 1956 - 07 Aug. 1957Lcdr. Willis P. Duhon (Kaplan, La.)
    12.) 07 Aug. 1957 - 18 Aug. 1959Lcdr. Bobby Eugene Boney
    13.) 18 Aug. 1959 - 06 Feb. 1961Lcdr. James Lloyd Moss (Wichita, Kan.)
    14.) 06 Feb. 1961 - 08 Aug. 1962Lcdr. Edmond J. Carey
    15.) 08 Aug. 1962 - .. Oct. 1963Lcdr. Percy Stuart Beaman (Snow Hill, N.C.)
    16.) .. Oct. 1963 - .. Dec. 1963Lcdr. Jacques J. (Frenchy) LeBeau
    17.) .. Dec. 1963 - 16 Jan. 1964Lcdr. Virgil Whitney Youmans
    18.) 16 Jan. 1964 - 30 Jun. 1965Lcdr. Hans Peter Schoenberg (Decomm. CO)
    * Died due to a severe injury suffered in heavy seas.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    20 - 24 August 2017 at Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, Pa.
    (held in conjunction with the Tin Can Sailors National Convention)
    USS Brough (DE 148) Banquet is 22 August 2017.
    Contact: John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Address: PO Box #2272, Shelton, CT. 06484-1272
    Phone: (203) 929-5924
    E-mail: John Adriani

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