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USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446)


N - H - D - C
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Mad River"

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 - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


"We Are Ready Now"
Specifications:
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
Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) Building and Operational Data:
  • 13 January 1944: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 23 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Second Lieutenant D. Brannon, WAG
  • 01 November 1944: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Cdr E. W. Todd in command
  • 21 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • .. August 1946: Placed "In Service", assigned to NRT at San Diego, Cal.
  • 21 November 1950: Recommissioned
  • 18 June 1960: Decommissioned, placed "In Service", continuing as as a Reserve Training Ship
  • 23 September 1968: Taken "Out of Service", Struck from the NVR with a total of 23.8 years of service
  • 27 October 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Charles E. Brannon 32k Charles E. Brannon, who was born 2 August 1919 in Montgomery, Ala., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 14 April 1941 for aviation training. Ensign Brannon reported for duty in Torpedo Squadron 8 in carrier Hornet (CV 8) 3 February 1942, and was killed in action 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway. He was awarded a Navy Cross and Purple Heart posthumously for his extraordinary heroism in pressing home an attack against a Japanese carrier.

    Navy Cross Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Charles E. Brannon (0-105955), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from Naval Air Station Midway during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 and 5 June 1942. In the first attack against an enemy carrier of the Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Brannon pressed home his attack in the face of withering fire from enemy Japanese fighters and anti-aircraft forces. Because of events attendant upon the Battle of Midway, there can be no doubt that he gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country. His courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 310 (January 1943)

    USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) (1944-1946, 1950-1968) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Charles E. Brannon 72k undated: Left to Right: R.P. Mathews, SR, R.L. Hilt, SA, George S. Smith, SA, and Wayne G. Pearson, SA, firing the 20mm gun aboard the USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-444372 from the National Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 72k undated: aboard Charles E. Brannon - B.F. Morris, QMSN, on the signal bridge, passing a message to another ship.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-444364 from the National Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 105k undated postwar photo Richard H. Willard
    RD3
    ***Grady*** 29k undated postwar image, in company with Grady (DE 445) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Charles E. Brannon 150k undated post-war image Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    Charles E. Brannon 313k 03 September 1949: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) moored port side to while on a port visit to Vancouver.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3935 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
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    Charles E. Brannon 273k 21 October 1950: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon tied up at a warehouse.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3935.1 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 348k 24 February 1952: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) tied up at a warehouse. USS Rombach(DE 364) is tied up aft of her.(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3935.2 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 287k 18 August 1953: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon moored starboard side to the end of the pier while on a port visit to Vancouver.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3934 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 445k 20 June 1954: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon moored starboard side to while on a port visit to Vancouver.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3934.1 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 181k February 1962: Pearl Harbor HI - This was taken by CortRon 7 when Brannon was deploying to Viet Nam. Dan O'Reilly
    SMCM (SW), USN (ret.)
    Charles E. Brannon 281k 15 September 1962: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) stands off waiting to moor while on a port visit to Vancouver.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3934.2 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
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    Charles E. Brannon 890k 22 August 1965: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) arriving for a port visit to this Canadian city.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-3934.3 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Charles E. Brannon 111k June 1967: Seattle, Wash. - USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) moored at Lake Union Drydock Co., 1515 Fairview Avenue E, in Seattle, Washington. The ship, decommissioned in June, 1960, is serving as a Reserve Training ship and is in an 'In Service' status at this time.
    (Photo #spl_jl_bel_035-11 from the Jack Large Collection, Seattle Public Library)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Charles E. Brannon History
    View the USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Charles E. Brannon as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Charles E. Brannon's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Nov. 1944 - .. Dec. 1944Cmdr. Donald W. Todd, USN (Comm. CO) (Annapolis, Md.)
    2.) .. Dec. 1944 - 11 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Oscar Merle Shirey Jr., USNR (Cleveland, Oh.)
    3.) 11 Nov. 1945 - 21 May 1946Lcdr. William E. Byrne, USNR (Evanston, Ill.)

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    Additional Resources

    Richard Willard's Charles E. Brannon web site
    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 Charles E. Brannon
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