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USS Bray (APD-139)
USS Bray (DE-709) (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 27 January 1944, as Bray (DE-709), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
Launched, 15 April 1944
Commissioned USS Bray (DE-709), 4 September 1944. CDR. James A. Heatherington, III, USNR, in command
Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport and designated (APD-139), 16 July 1945
Converted at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Decommissioned, 10 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register. 1 June 1960
Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 27 March 1963
Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats four LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm gun mounts
six single 20 mm gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000
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USS Bray (APD-139)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships(DANFS)
|01||CDR. Heatherington III, James A.||4 September 1944 - 5 October 1945|
|02||LCDR. Jakomas, Daniel V., USNR ||December 1945 - 15 March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Miller, Samuel, USNR ||15 March 1946 - 10 May 1946|
|04||LTjg. Tench, Robert Louis, USNR ||10 May 1946 - 10 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 14 July 2017
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