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USS Brister (DE 327)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - S - E
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Switzerland"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign 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
Brister (DE 327) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 June 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 24 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Blanche Brister, mother of Ensign Brister
  • 30 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr L. H. Crosby, USNR, in command
  • 04 October 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 02 September 1955: Entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard for DER conversion
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified DER 327
  • 02 July 1956: Recommissioned and assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • 21 September 1968: Decommissioned
  • 23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 03 November 1971: Sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    Brister 25k June 1945 (U.S. Navy photo) -
    Brister 56k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo)
    Brister 885k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-327 19-N-84982 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Brister 95k November 1961: entering Guam Ron Tone
    Brister 35k November 1961: in drydock
    Brister 93k October 1968: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt


    Ship's Lighter
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    View the USS Brister (DE 327) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Brister
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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