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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 - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
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. Dina Bronstein Kurtz, the mother of Lt.(jg.) Bronstein
  • 13 December 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Sheldon H. Kinney in command
  • 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 2.5 years 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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    Bronstein 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 4 October 1941. He reported to the Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard on 6 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).
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    Bronstein 114k late 1944 - early 1945; the Atlantic Ocean Roy L. Simmons
    WWII crewmember
    Bronstein 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
    Bronstein 72k August 1960: Boston, Mass. - ROU Artigas (DE-2) at the Boston Navy Yard Dick Leonhardt
    Bronstein 81k undated image Wilman Fuentes, via Mark Roberts at Destroyers Online
    Bronstein 52k Artigas underway, date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Bronstein 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)

    View the USS Bronstein (DE 189) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Bronstein's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    1.) 13 Dec 1943 - 26 Nov 1944
    2.) 26 Nov 1944 - 01 Dec 1945 3.) 01 Dec 1946 - 01 Jan 1946 4.) 01 Jan 1946 - 01 May 1946 5.) 01 Jun 1946 - 17 Jun 1946
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers Lcdr. Sheldon Hoard Kinney (ret. as Radm.) (comm.) Lcdr. John H. Longley, USNR Lt.(jg) Paul F. Stark, USNR Lt.(jg) George Heard, USNR Lt.(jg) Walter K. Banner, USNR  (decomm)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion: To Be Announced.

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

    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Bronstein
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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