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USS Brule (APA-66)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Gilliam Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 10 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1859) at Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Brule (APA-66), 31 October 1944, CDR. Edward J. Fluhr in command
  • During World War II USS Brule was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO. J.B. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Seven, CAPT. C.L. Hutton USN (20)
  • Following World War II USS Brule was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 to 16 September 11 to 15 November 1945
    30 September to 11 October 1945 
    1 to 10 November 1945 
    25 to 29 June 1946 

  • USS Brule (APA-66) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.6 (Target Vessel Group - Merchant Type Units - Transport Division 91 (TRANSDIV 91) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned at Bikini Atoll, 27 August 1946
  • Decommissioned at Kwajalein Atoll, 29 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Kwajalein, 11 May 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 May 1948
    Displacement 4,247 t.(lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 293
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 47
    Enlisted 802
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    Cargo Capacity 600 DWT
    non-refrigerated 85,000 cu. ft.,
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,695 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    two Westinghouse steam turbines
    two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two propellers, 6,000shp

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    Brule 53k USS Brule (APA-66) at anchor, date and location unknown. Terry Sears
    Brule 27k USS Brule (APA-66), probably Boat Division, date and location unknown. Terry Sears
    Appling 47k Four Gilliam-class attack transports at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Oahu, Hawaii, 27 February 1946, as they are readied for Operation "Crossroads": USS Appling (APA-58) lies outboard (top) of sister ships USS Barrow (APA-61), USS Brule (APA-66) and USS Gasconade (APA-85).
    US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst

    USS Brule (APA-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Fluhr, Edward Joseph31 October 1944 - ?
    02CDR. Beke, Charles1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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