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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding,Kearny NJ. December 2 1940.
Launched July 25 1941 and commissioned October 22 1941.
Fate Sunk by U-371 off Algiers October 13 1943.
52 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Bristol 38kBorn in Glassboro, N.J., 17 April 1868, Mark Lambert Bristol graduated from the Academy in 1887. During the Spanish-American War he served aboard Texas and participated in the battle of Santigao, Cuba. From 1901 to 1903 he served as aide to the Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Fleet. He commanded Oklahoma (BB 37) during World War I and then served as United States High Commissioner in Turkey (1919-27). In 1927 Rear Admiral Bristol assumed command of the Asiatic Fleet. He died 13 May 1939. Digital ID: cph 3b17267, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Bristol 82kArtist's conception of the Bristol as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Bristol 59kNational Archives photo 19-N-25955 dated 10/31/41Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 59kNational Archives photo 19-N-25956 dated 10/31/41Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)/Robert Hurst
Bristol 69kNational Archives photo 19-N-25957 dated 10/31/41Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 123kA photo showing the area forward of the Bridge on the USS Bristol (DD-453) as she was refitted after delivery at the New York NY, 10 January 1942. The Bristol has two 50cal MGs mounted in this area. Note that she has been painted in the Ms-12R Camo scheme.Rick E Davis
Bristol 137kThe USS Bristol (DD-453) being fitted out for service at New York NY after delivery, 16 January 1942. At this time, her AA Armament only consisted of 50cal MGs.Rick E Davis
Bristol 31kHalifax, Nova Scotia on May 17 1942. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS.Tracy White
Bristol 119kThe USS Bristol (DD-453) at New York NY, January 7 1943, after she was upgraded with the standard two twin 40mm AA gun mounts and what appears to be 4-20mm guns. Note that she has been repainted to the Ms-22 Camo scheme.Rick E Davis
Bristol 67kJanuary 8 1943 off New York Navy Yard.Gerd Matthes
Bristol 94kDated 4/18/43Don Scott YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Bristol 192kJune 1943, Mers-el-Kebir, photo taken from the Wilkes, with USS Swanson (DD-443) alongside, in the background is the USS Bristol (DD-453) outboard, and USS Ludlow (DD-438) inboard. From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Ed Zajkowski
Bristol 176kUSS Bristol (DD-453) refuels from USS Brooklyn (CL-40) off Licata, Sicily, July 1943. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-52974.Mike Green
Bristol 136kUSS Bristol (DD-453) in Casablanca harbor, 1943. Photo from the LIFE magazine archives, J.R. Eyerman, photographer.Peter DeForest
Bristol 287kUnited States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage Diagram and Report No. 50. USS Bristol (DD-453). Submarine torpedo damage and loss on October 13, 1943 off North Africa.Mike Green

USS BRISTOL DD-453 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Chester Clark Wood    Oct 22 1941 - Sep 22 1942 (Later RADM)

CDR John Albert Glick    Sep 22 1942 - Oct 13 1943

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Pamela Fischer
Address: P.O.Box 809, Poway, Ca 92074
Phone: 760-789-9060
E-mail: Pamelamfish@aol.comNone

Note About Contacts.

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