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USS Bowers (DE 637 / APD 40)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - P - A
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Bowers (DE 637) Building and Operational Data:
28 May 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
31 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Eunice Bowers, the mother of Ens. Bowers
27 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Frederic W. Hawes in command
25 June 1945: Reclassified APD 40, conversion commenced at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
10 February 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
6 February 1951: Recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet at Little Creek, Va.
March 1955: Assigned as NRT ship, 6th Naval District at Charleston, S.C.
18 December 1958: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
21 April 1961: Transferred to the Philippines, renamed BRP Rajah Soliman (D-66)
1 May 1961: Stricken from the NVR
June 1962: Sank in a typhoon at Bataan National Shipyard (raised, stricken, December 1964)
31 January 1966: Hulk sold to Mitsubishi International Corp. for scrapping
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||14 February 1944: San Francisco Bay - Four views of Bowers taken by the Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Corp. shortly after her commissioning.
Bow view. Note her motor whaleboat swung out.
A portside beam view.
Port quarter view.
||5 February 1945: an aerial shot taken off NAS Alameda, California (U.S. Navy Photo #NARA-80G-216256)
||Contributed by Rob Reilly
National Association of
USS LCS(L) 1-130
||16 April 1945: Crashed Japanese Oscar is on the bridge. (U.S. Navy Photo #NARA-80G-315254)
||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)
View the USS Bowers (DE 637 / APD 40) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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