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|510k||07 January 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - The future USS Bowers on the building way at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s San Francisco shipyard. The ship
would be commissioned in a mere twenty days, on 27 January 1944.
(Bethlehem Steel Photos #P82-125a.4144n and P82-125a.4123n from the Bethlehem Steel Collection in the J. Porter Shaw Library at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park)
St. Paul, Minn.
|240k||14 February 1944: San Francisco Bay - Four views of Bowers taken by the Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Corp. shortly after her
Bow view. Note her motor whaleboat swung out.
A portside beam view.
Port quarter view.
|33k||05 February 1945: an aerial shot taken off NAS Alameda, California
(U.S. Navy Photo #NARA-80G-216256)
National Association of
USS LCS(L) 1-130
|26k||16 April 1945: Crashed Japanese Oscar is on the bridge.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #NARA-80G-315254)
|130k||16 April 1945: North of Ie Shima Island - The destroyer escort USS Bowers (DE 637) after being hit by a Japanese Nakajima Ki-43
Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) Army Type 1 Fighter, north of Ie Shima. Photo 1 was taken after the fire had burnt out, the remains of the 'Oscar' that can still be seen, wedged into the
navigation bridge in front of the pilot house. Photo 2 was taken later, after the wreckage of the 'Oscar' had been tossed overboard, exposing the gaping hole in the forward bulkhead
of the pilothouse, where heavy casualties occurred.
(Photos from the National Archives and Records Administration facility, College Park, MD and were in the book "Fire From The Sky" by Robert C. Stern)
England, United Kingdom
|129k||16 April 1945: the Western Pacific Ocean - USS Bowers (DE 637) arriving in the Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, under her own power after being hit
by a Kamikaze. Wreckage of the plane, a Nakajima Ki-43 (Oscar), can be seen embedded in the the ship's bridge face. Note Bowers' very unusual paint, with traces of Camouflage
Measure 31 or 32, Design 16D, showing through Camouflage Measure 22. The ship may have been undergoing repainting at the time she received this damage.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-315257 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Bowers (DE 637) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Bowers' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 27 Jan. 1944 - 06 Dec. 1944||Cmdr. Frederick William Hawes, USN (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 06 Dec. 1944 - 16 Apr. 1945||Lcdr. Charles Franklin Highfield, USNR|
|3.) 16 Apr. 1945 - .. Aug. 1945||Lt. Truman Boyce Hinkle, USNR (Olympia, Wash.)|
|4.) .. Aug. 1945 - .. Dec. 1945||Lt. Kenneth Ferguson Williams, USNR|
|5.) .. Dec. 1945 - 01 Mar. 1946||Lt. Timothy Vincent Hallahan, USNR|
|6.) 01 Mar. 1946 - .. Apr. 1946||Lt.(jg) Alfred Quentin Brinkerhoff, Jr., USNR|
|7.) .. Apr. 1946 - 27 May 1946||Lt.(jg) John Wilfred Kennedy, Jr., USNR|
|8.) 27 May 1946 - .. Jul. 1946||Lcdr. James Ross Slabaugh, USNR|
|9.) .. Jul. 1946 - 01 Sep. 1946||Lcdr. Phillip Arin Murray|
|10.) 01 Sep. 1946 - 01 Feb. 1947||Lt.(jg) Burton Juan Goodrich (Decomm. CO)|
|Decommissioned 01 Feb. 1947 - 06 Feb. 1951|
|11.) no dates||Lcdr. Gordon William Martin, Jr. (Seattle, Wash.)|
|12.) .. .... .... - .. Jul. 1955||Cmdr. Clyde Cecil Sapp|
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