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USS John M. Bermingham (DE 530)


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N - H - M - O
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
John M. Bermingham (DE 530) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 October 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 17 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. M. Bermingham, widow of Lt. Comdr. Bermingham
  • 4 April 1944: Commissioned, Lt. M. Beerman in command
  • 16 October 1945: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 November 1945: Stricken from the NVR
  • March 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    John M. Bermingham 44k John Michael Bermingham was born in New York City on 5 July 1905 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1929. During the 1930's he served in many ships, including Wyoming, Utah, and Augusta, and at various shore stations. In 1940 he was assigned as Executive Officer of destroyer Stewart and at the outbreak of the war in the Pacific was second in command of the four-piper Peary. During the first Japanese attack on Cavite 10 December, Peary's commanding officer was wounded and Lt. Comdr. Bermingham took command. The ship was assigned to offshore patrol and came under heavy air attack many times in the days to come. Only brilliant seamanship during bombing and torpedo attacks 26 and 27 December saved her from destruction- Despite the Japanese air superiority, Bermingham succeeded in bringing his ship to Darwin, Australia, to operate with allied forces attempting to hold Malay Barrier. Peary operated with cruiser Houston in February, and was anchored at Darwin when the Japanese attacked with bombers 19 February 1942. Bermingham got his ship underway and attempted to maneuver in the restricted waters; but, despite valiant antiaircraft fire, his ship was hit with five bombs. Lt. Comdr. Bermingham and about 80 of his crew went down with the ship. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courage and leadership while commanding Peary during this crucial early period of the war.

    USS John M. Bermingham (DE 530) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the US Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1929. )
    Bill Gonyo
    John M. Bermingham 97k 17 November 1943: Boston Navy Yard - John M. Bermingham (DE 530) is christened by Mrs. Grace Joyce Bermingham, widow of Lcdr. Birmingham. Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald is at left. (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-53950 from the National Archives)
    John M. Bermingham 92k 17 November 1943: Boston Navy Yard - Launch photo (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-53951 from the National Archives) Fred Weiss
    John M. Bermingham 96k 15 August 1944: A bow on view of the destroyer escort USS John M. Bermingham (DE 530) off Boston, Massachusetts. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 31 Design 1d. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69702 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.) Robert Hurst
    John M. Bermingham 121k 15 August 1944: A stern view of the destroyer escort USS John M. Bermingham (DE 530) off Boston, Massachusetts. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 31 Design 1d. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69701 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.)
    John M. Bermingham 72k 15 August 1944, off the Massachusetts coast after leaving the Boston Navy Yard (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69699 from the National Archives)
    John M. Bermingham 48k 15 August 1944, off the Massachusetts coast after leaving the Boston Navy Yard (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69697 from the National Archives)
    John M. Bermingham 77k 15 August 1944, off the Massachusetts coast after leaving the Boston Navy Yard (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69700 from the National Archives)
    John M. Bermingham 65k 15 August 1944, off the Massachusetts coast after leaving the Boston Navy Yard (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69698 from the National Archives)
    John M. Bermingham 67k 15 August 1944, off the Massachusetts coast after leaving the Boston Navy Yard (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 19-N-69699 from the National Archives)

    View the USS John M. Bermingham (DE530) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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