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USS Bray (DE 709 / APD 139)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Bray (DE 709) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 January 1944: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 15 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mattie M. Bray, mother of Corporal Raymond Leon Bray
  • 04 September 1944: Commissioned at Naval Station New Orleans, La., Cmdr. James A. Heatherington III, USNR, in command
  • 16 July 1945: Reclassified as APD 139 during her conversion at the Charleston Navy Yard
  • 10 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 8 months of service
  • 01 June 1960: Struck from the NVR
  • 26 March 1963: Sunk as a target
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    Bray History
    View the USS Bray (DE 709) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Bray as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Bray's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Sep. 1944 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. James A. Heatherington II, USNR
    2.) .. .... 1945 15 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Daniel V. Jakomas, USNR
    3.) 15 Mar. 1946 10 May 1946Lt.(jg) Samuel Miller, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Bray (APD 139)
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation

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