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USS Robert Brazier (DE 345)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - G - B
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Robert Brazier (DE 345) Building and Operational Data:
  • 16 November 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 22 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Celia Brazier, mother of Aviation Radioman Brazier
  • 18 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. Donald D. Snyder, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 16 September 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 January 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 January 1969: Sunk as a target off the California coast
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    Robert Brazier 413k July 1944: - USS Robert Brazier (DE 345) underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo #USN 271355 (National Archives); from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager

    Robert Brazier History
    View the USS Robert Brazier (DE 345) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Robert Brazier as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Robert Brazier's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 May 1944 - 04 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Donald Dow Snyder Jr., USNR (Albany, N.Y.)
    2.) 04 Dec. 1945 - 23 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Paul Roche O'Brien, USNR
    3.) 23 Dec. 1945 - 16 Sep. 1946Lcdr. Joseph Clark Spitler, USN (USNA '41) (Lufkin, Tex.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: John (JC) Wilkie
    Address: 1711 Hwy 17 S (Unit 31)
    City/State: Surfside Beach SC 29575
    Phone: (843) 215-9967
    E-mail: John Wilkie
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Robert Brazier
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