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USS Reybold (DE 177)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - 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
Reybold (DE 177) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 May 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 22 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John K. Reybold, widow of Lcdr. John K. Reybold
  • 29 September 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Captain of the Yard, Cap't H. V. McKittrick, Lcdr. A. B. Bradley, Jr., in command
  • 09 August 1944: Decommissioned at Natal, Brazil after 10½ months of service
  • 15 August 1944: Loaned (under Lend-Lease) to the Brazilian Navy as Bracui (Be-3)
  • 20 July 1953: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 July 1972: Decommissioned from the Brazilian Navy, sold, scrapped
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    65k John Keane Reybold was born at Delaware City, Del. on 11 January 1903, was appointed midshipman 13 July 1922 and commissioned ensign on 03 June 1926. Having served in various ships including Idaho, Utah, Simpson (on the Asiatic Station), and Omaha, he assumed command of Cowell, on 17 June 1940. Detached on 23 September, he briefly commanded Claxton and on 31 October assumed command of Dickerson (DD 157). Commissioned lieutenant commander on 01 January 1941, he commanded Dickerson on Neutrality Patrol and, after December 1941, on coastal patrol and Icelandic convoy escort duty until 19 March 1942. On that date, Dickerson, enroute to Norfolk, was fired on by a nervous merchantman, SS Liberator. Liberator's shells hit the destroyer's charthouse, killing Lt. Comdr. Reybold and three others.

    USS Reybold (DE 177) (1943-1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1926.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    216k 04 October 1943: Brooklyn, N. Y. - USS Reybold moored at Pier C of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with USS Sims (DE 154) tied up on her starboard side. Reybold was in the Navy Yard being fitted out after being towed from Newark, N. J. for her commissioning.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NA 19LCM-dd68 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    182k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    52k circa 1952: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    102k date / location unknown: ex-USS Reybold as the Brazilian CTE ("Contratorpedeiro de Escolta" / Destroyer Escort) Bracui (Be-3). Luiz Brazil Cotta
    FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)

    Reybold History
    View the USS Reybold (DE 177) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Reybold's Only Commanding Officer
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 29 Sep. 1943 - 15 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Addison B. Bradley Jr., USNR (Comm. / Decomm. CO) (Winetka, Ill.)

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