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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)
Speed 16.9 kts.
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
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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||USS Brule (APA-66) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Brule (APA-66), probably Boat Division, date and location unknown.
||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
USS Brule (APA-66)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Fluhr, Edward Joseph||31 October 1944 - ?|
|02||CDR. Beke, Charles||1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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