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USS Bull (DE 693 / APD 78)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - V - Q
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Third Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Class: Buckley
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
Bull (DE 693) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 December 1942: Keel laid by the the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 25 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ruth P. BuIl
  • July 1943: Transported down the Mississippi River to the Naval Base at Algiers, La.
  • 12 August 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Duane W. Farnham, USNR, in command
  • 28 July 1944: Conversion to APD commenced at Todd Shipyard Corp., Brooklyn, N.Y. (completed 26 October 1944)
  • 31 July 1944: Reclassified APD 78
  • 05 June 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 3.8 years of service
  • 16 June 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 July 1966: To Taiwan, renamed Lu Shan (PF-36) (struck May 1995, scrapped)
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    Bull 19k undated wartime images, Atlantic, prior to conversion
    (Both Photos by Richard D. Hoffmann)
    Richard D. Hoffmann
    Bull 51k

    View the USS Bull (DE 693 / APD 78) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Bull's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Aug. 1943 - 12 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Duane Wesley Farnham (comm.)
    2.) 12 Dec. 1943 - 09 Feb. 1944Lcdr. John Barry McLaughlin, USNR
    3.) 09 Feb. 1944 - 21 Mar. 1945Lt. Egbert Roscoe Ferguson, Jr., USNR
    4.) 21 Mar. 1945 - 15 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Merritt Berner, USNR
    5.) 15 Aug. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946Lt. Francis Bowman Rauch, Jr., USNR
    6.) .. Feb. 1946 - .. Jan. 1947Lcdr. Charles Edward Weyll, USNR
    7.) .. Jan. 1947 - 05 Jun. 1947Lt. Edward John Zajac (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Reunion Contact: William S. McMillan, SoM 1/c
    Address: 17 Highland Place / Canajoharie NY 13317-1303
    Phone: (518) 673-3589
    E-mail: Stan McMillan

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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Bull (APD 78)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Bull
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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