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USS Bray (DE 709 / APD 139)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
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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
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
4 September 1944: Commissioned at New Orleans, La., Cdr 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.
1 June 1960: Stricken
26 March 1963: Sunk as a target
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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