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USS Bridge (AF-1)
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USS Bridge (1917 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Sierra - Foxtrot
NESF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp) - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal


Bridge Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 June 1915, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 18 May 1916
  • Commissioned USS Bridge, 2 June 1917, LCDR. William K. Riddle in command
  • Designated Provisions Stores Ship (AF-1), 17 July 1920
  • During World War II USS Bridge was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 22 May 1945
  • Following WWII USS Bridge was assigned to Occupation service from 25 October 1945 to 27 June 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 June 1946, at Sasebo, Japan
  • Turned over to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal, 22 December 1947
  • Sold to Madrigal Shipping Co., Manila, P.I., 22 December 1947, renamed SS Don Jose
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in Japan by Kudamatsu in March 1953
  • USS Bridge received one battle star for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5207 tons (Displacement rose in 1945 to 9,500 tons)
    Length 423' 11"
    Beam 55' 2"
    Draft 22' 9"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 1945
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 261
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    non-refrigerated 86,757 Cu ft
    refrigerated 4,300 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    As Built
    four single 5"/51 gun mounts
    one 3/50" AA gun mount
    Armament August 1942
    two original 5"/51s aft
    original 3/50" AA gun mount
    one quadruple 1.1" AA gun mount forward
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Armament February 1945
    one twin 40mm AA gun mount which replaced the 1.1" mount forward
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount aft, which replaced the original two 5"/51s
    four single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two Boston Navy Yard triple expansion steam engines
    two White Forester boilers, 200psi Sat°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers 5,000shp

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    Bridge 141k
    Namesake

    Horatio Bridge (1806-98) was born Augusta, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1826. He was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced law until 1838 when he entered the Navy as a Purser. In 1854 he was named Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing. He was the first in the Navy to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply which was carried out with conspicuous success during the Civil War. He retired 8 April 1868 and was advanced to Pay Director with the relative rank of Commodore on the Retired List 3 March 1871. He died in 1898 at Athens, Pa. (Text from DANFS)
    Bill Gonyo and Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 138k Program for the keel laying of Supply Ship No. 1, 12 June 1915. The event was significant since it represented the first major steel vessel to be constructed by the Boston Navy Yard.
    Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10540
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 249k Building Slip (Shipways 1), looking forward, 12 June 1915. Note the keel blocks awaiting the start of construction of the still-unnamed Supply Ship No. 1.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10536
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 123k Crowds gather for the keel laying of Supply Ship No. 1, 12 June 1915.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10537
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 114k The “Amateur Riveting Gang” for the 12 June 1915 keel laying of Supply Ship No. 1 consisted of the children of officers assigned to the Boston Navy Yard.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10537
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 149k This progress photo of Supply Ship No. 1 was taken on 6 July 1915, 19 days after keel laying, shows the inner bottom framing looking aft.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10536
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 221k Supply Ship No. 1, 6 January 1916, 208 days after keel laying, work was underway on the main and superstructure decks. This view looks forward.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10536
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 26k General Order No. 212 issued a little more than two weeks before her scheduled launching, Supply Ship No. 1 was named USS Bridge by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 137k Preparations are underway for the launching of USS Bridge, 18 May 1916. This view was taken from the same vantage point as the 6 Jan. 1916 image above.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10538
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 104k The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Granville Searcy Fleece, a grandniece of the ship’s namesake, christens USS Bridge, 18 May 1916.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10538
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 126k USS Bridge slides into Boston Harbor following her launch on 18 May 1916.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10538
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 387k USS Bridge launching at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, 18 May 1916. Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
    Bridge 538k The propellers of USS Bridge are seen in this view of the ship taken in Dry Dock 2 at Boston Navy Yard, 21 March 1917.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10536
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 101k USS Bridge at the Boston Navy Yard on 6 June 1917, four days after her commissioning.
    US Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10534
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Bridge 78k USS Bridge at Queenstown, Ireland, while wearing pattern camouflage, circa 1918. Possibly taken from USS Melville (Destroyer Tender # 2). The original photograph is printed on post card stock.
    US Navy photo # NH 104459, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Bridge 42k USS Bridge (AF-1) at anchor, location unknown, 27 December 1918
    US Navy photo
    USS Bridge (AOE-10) web site
    Bridge 15k USS Bridge (AF-1) at anchor, location unknown in January 1920
    US Navy photo
    USS Bridge (AOE-10) web site
    ARD-4 67k USS Bridge (AF-1) with ARD-1 under tow in Colon Harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 28 October 1934.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-455970, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Michael Mohl
    Bridge 50k USS Bridge (AF-1) underway, circa, 1936, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Bridge 133k USS Bridge (AF-1) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 12 January 1942. The ship still has its pre-World War II armament of 4-5"/51 but now also has two 3"/50 guns just aft of the short kingposts forward and raised positions for eight .50 caliber AA machine guns (not installed). All of her gun positions have splinter protection (low bulwarks).
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo.
    Mike Green
    Bridge 46k USS Bridge (AF-1) underway, 8 August 1942, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Bridge (AF-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Riddle, William King2 June 1917 - 5 August 1918
    02LCDR. Lyons, David5 August 1919 - July 1921
    03CAPT King, Ernest, Joseph :FADMJuly 1921 - July 1922
    04CDR. McCullough Richard P.25 September 1923 - 12 May 1925
    05 CAPT. Soulé Jr., Charles Carroll13 May 1928 - 24 June 1930
    06 CDR. Shaw, Charles Harlan24 June 1930 - ?
    07 CDR. Griswold, Ralph Mancill1923 - ?
    08CAPT. Bradley, Willis Winter, Jr.July 1931 - June 1933
    09CAPT. McClain, John Franklin30 June 1934 - 23 March 1936
    10CDR. Comfort, Roland Marcy23 March 1936 - ?
    11CDR. Twomey, John Joseph1938 - ?
    12CDR. Noble, Julian Bennett1940 - ?
    13CAPT. Graham, Roy William Montrose :RADMJune 1941 - August 1941
    14CDR. Jackson, William Bennett, Jr.August 1941 - 1942
    15CDR. Sherman, Eugene Proctor1942 - 1943
    16LCDR. Stevens, Robert R.1943 - 1944
    17CDR. Saul, T. N.1944 - 1945
    18LT. Wickre, Orville G.1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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