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USS Bronstein (DE 189)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - 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
Bronstein (DE 189) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 August 1943: Keel laid at the the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 14 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Dinah Bronstein Kurtz, the mother of Lt.(jg.) Bronstein
  • 13 December 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Sheldon H. Kinney in command
  • 01 March 1944: Sank German submarine U-603 in the North Atlantic, then in company with Thomas (DE 102) and Bostwick (DE 103) sank German submarine U-709
  • 23 October 1945: Participated in the Navy Day Review at New York City, N.Y.
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6 months of service, berthed with the St. Johns River Group
  • 03 May 1952: Sold to Uruguay, renamed ROU Artigas (DE-2) (stricken and broken up in 1988)
  • 14 May 1952: Struck from the NVR

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    6k Ben Richard Bronstein (14 April 1915 - 28 February 1942) was born 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 04 October 1941. He reported to the Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard on 06 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 189) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor, she was succeeded by DE 1037 (1963-1990).
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    160k 14 November 1943: Newark, N.J. - Mrs. Dinah Bronstein Kurtz christens the ship, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, New Jersey.

    (U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-213736 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    78k 14 November 1943: Newark, N.J. - The future USS Bronstein (DE 189) launching at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.

    (U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-213735 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    157k 29 December 1943: off New York City - The newly commissioned USS Bronstein (DE 189) at sea.

    (U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-207283 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    136k 11 August 1944: at sea - USS Bronstein (DE 189) underway at sea as seen from USS Card (CVE 11).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-366278 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    114k late 1944 - early 1945; the Atlantic Ocean Roy L. Simmons
    WWII crewmember
    198k 16 July 1952; the Atlantic Ocean - Republic of Uruguay destroyer escort Artigas (DE 2), heading out to sea off Cape Henry, Virginia. Starboard bow view was taken by K-20 at an altitude of 500 feet. She is the ex-USS Bronstein (DE 189).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-445096 from the United States National Archives)
    David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    99k undated: Wilman Fuentes lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and is making a historical compilation about Bronstein's service in Uruguay from 1952 until 1988. Wilman Fuentes
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    72k August 1960: Boston, Mass. - ROU Artigas (DE-2) at the Boston Navy Yard. Dick Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    81k undated image Wilman Fuentes
    via Mark Roberts a
    Destroyers Online
    52k Artigas underway, date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    45k May 1966: ROU Artigas leaving the Mt. Hope Shipyard in the Panama Canal Zone after a major overhaul. Thought you might like this old photo for your records. I worked on her from start to finish. Note the new mast and radar on her. Richard J. Dillon
    Machine Shop 38
    Industrial Division
    Panama Canal Zone (RIP)

    Bronstein History
    View the USS Bronstein (DE 189) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Bronstein's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Dec. 1943 - 26 Nov. 1944Lcdr. Sheldon Hoard Kinney, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '41) (Pasadena, Cal.) (Ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 26 Nov. 1944 - 01 Dec. 1945Lcdr. John H. Longley, USNR
    3.) 01 Dec. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) Paul F. Stark, USNR
    4.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 May. 1946Lt.(jg) George Heard, USNR 
    5.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 17 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Walter K. Banner, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion: To Be Announced.

    Contact Name: Homer H. Lewis, Jr.
    Address: 9735 Clover Heights Road
    City/State: Hagerstown MD 21740-9562
    Phone: (301) 790-1356
    E-mail: Homer Lewis
    Contact Name: "Smiley" Burnette
    E-mail: Smiley Burnette
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