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|52k||Born on 4 September 1912 in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Graham Paul Bright grew up in Pittsburgh. He was appointed a midshipman at the Naval Academy on 17 June 1931 and graduated on 6 June 1935. After service in Idaho (BB 42) and study at the Naval Finance and Supply School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Bright transferred from the unrestricted line to the Supply Corps in June 1937 and reported to his first fiscal billet as disbursing officer for Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 24, Battle Force, on 15 June 1937. Advanced to lieutenant (junior grade) a year later, Bright served as disbursing officer for DesDiv 11, Battle Force, from 15 October 1938 to 12 July 1939 and then become disbursing and commissary officer at the Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, D.C. Eventually becoming assistant to the supply officer at Anacostia in the summer of 1940, Bright served for a month with the 12th Naval District before reporting to Guam on 19 August 1941. When war came to that lightly defended American possession, Lt.(j.g.) Bright was serving as assistant supply officer with the naval government of Guam, working in the administrative unit at Agana. He was killed by machinegun fire during the fighting that followed the Japanese landing on 10 December 1941. Lt.(j.g.) Bright was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS Bright (DE 747) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1935. )
|66k||date unknown: This is USS Bright (DE 747) at Puget Sound, Washington. My father was the XO, and also served as XO of PC-1208.||Albert G. Morris|
|47k||as Touareg (F.721), date / location unknown||Robert Hurst|
|46k||as Touareg (F.721), circa 1953|
|57k||as Touareg (F.721) underway, location unknown, photo source unkown|
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