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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKMX

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PONTIAC

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY July 30 1943.
Launched December 28 1943 and commissioned April 17 1944.
Decommissioned October 27 1969.
Stricken October 27 1969.
Subject of the book THREE YEARS ABOARD A NAVY DESTROYER by Otis Ted Holly QM2 (Ret.). Mr Holly served aboard
the USS Brush (DD745) in the early 1950’s during the Korean “conflict”. The book includes many photos of crew members
of the Brush, and recounts her voyages during this time. It is available through or online retailers.
To Taiwan December 9 1969, renamed Hsiang Yang.
Fate Stricken in 1984 and transferred to Naval Weapons School and then broken up for scrap.

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Brush 122kCharles Francis Brush, a physicist, inventor, and manufacturer, was born in Euclid, Ohio, 17 March 1849. In 1878, after successful experimentation with electric lighting, he produced the electric arc light which bears his name. In 1880 he founded the Brush Electric Co., which became the owner of his numerous patents in the field of electric lighting. He died at Cleveland, Ohio, 15 June 1929. Photograph owned by Case Western Reserve University Library.Bill Gonyo
Brush 95kArtist's conception of the Brush as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion 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
Brush 29kUndated, location unknown.-
Brush 29kUndated War time image. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.-
Brush 46kUndated post card image.Al Kaplan
Brush 89kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Brush 130kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brush 163kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brush 150kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moore 141kUndated, location unknown. USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) and USS Brush (DD-745).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brush 53kUndated, location unknown.Dave Wright
Brush 125kUSS Brush (DD 745) on May 4, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Brush 113kUSS Brush (DD-745), underway on 22nd May 1944, location unknown. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-237963.Robert Hurst
Brush 63kUSS Brush coming alongside the USS Lexington (CV-16) January 25, 1945. Photo 80-G-299871.Tracy White
Brush 228kJune 1956, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Brush 192kCRUDESPAC photo released by the 12 Naval District PIO on June 4, 1957. The photo is from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Brush 181kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Maddox (DD-731), USS Brush (DD-745), USS Jenkins (DD-447) and USS O'Bannon (DD-450) at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo


Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Brush and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Brush 97kUSS Brush (DD-745), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Wedderburn (DD-684) and USS Worden (DLG-18) nested with an unknown tender in Subic Bay, P.I. in late January 1966.Larry Backus
Brush 29kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Brush 75kShips patch.Wolfgang Hechler
Brush 70kShips Zippo.Tommy Trampp
On Taiwanese Service
Brush 49kUndated, location unknown.Perry Huang
Brush 55kUndated, location unknown.Perry Huang
Brush 29kUndated, location unknown.Perry Huang
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Ellis Edwards    Apr 17 1944 - May 6 1945 (Later RADM)

CDR John Victor Smith    May 6 1945 - Sep 1946 (Later VADM)

CDR Samuel Pemberton Moncure    Sep 1946 - May 1947

CDR John Willard Geist    May 1947 - Sep 1948

CDR Henry Ludwig Waliszewski    Sep 1948 - Jan 1 1950

CDR Fletcher Lamar Sheffield Jr.    Jan 1 1950 - Jul 1951

CDR Nelson Payne Watkins    Jul 1951 - Jul 1952

CDR Donald Francis Quigley    Jul 1952 - May 1954

CDR Arlie George Capps    May 1954 - Jan 21 1955

CDR William Burgess Whitehurst    Jan 21 1955 - Feb 27 1957

CDR Fred William Pump Jr.    Feb 27 1957 - Jul 1958

CDR Joseph Edward Gould    Jul 1958 - Dec 1958

LCDR George Christian Hann    Dec 1958 - Feb 1959

CDR Leo Thomas Howard    Feb 1959 - Jul 1960

CDR Marshall Jay Gates    Jul 1960 - Aug 3 1962

CDR John Albert D'Zamba    Jul 1962 - Jul 1964

CDR John William Hulihan    Jul 1964 - Nov 1965

CDR Robert Lindsay Alford    Nov 1965 - Jul 1968

CDR Curtis Ralph Norton Jr.    Jul 1968 - Oct 27 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Larney
Address: PO Box 153, Medway, MA 02053
Phone: (508) 935-8929

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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