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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBEZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - COLLAR BONE

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,San Pedro. May 5 1944.
Launched October 29 1944 and commissioned March 17 1945.
Decommissioned August 23 1969.
Stricken November 21 1969.
To Taiwan December 9 1969, renamed Hua Yang.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1993.

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Bristol 78kBorn 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 68kUndated, location unknown. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-80407.Robert Hurst
Bristol 29kUndated, location unknown.Paul E. Petosky
Bristol 146kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Bristol 69kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Bristol 75kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Bristol 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Bristol 118kAmsterdam, Holland, January 28 - February 5 1953, (L to R) USS Bristol (DD-857) and USS Johnston (DD-821) during a regularly scheduled port call.Robert M. Cieri
Bristol 119kUSS Bristol (DD-857) Underway at sea, 29 August 1959. Photographer: PH2 A.D. Carter. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107107.Robert Hurst
Bristol 64kCirca 1960Vernon C. Cook USN (Ret)
Bristol 74kBoston Naval Shipyard, August 1961.© Richard Leonhardt
Bristol 182kUSS Bristol (DD-857) refueling from the USS America (CVA-66) off the Virginia Capes, March 31 1965. Photo by PH1 Frank W. Greenwald, USN 1112098. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Bristol 238kUSN #1114696 Atlantic Ocean, March 31 1965, an aerial port beam view of USS Bristol (DDS 857) of Reserve Destroyer Squadron-30, steams along in the wake of USS America (CV 66) on plane guard duty. US Navy photo by PHC John D. Reimer, USN. US Naval Photographic Center, NS Anacostia, Washington, DC.Robert M. Cieri
Bristol 161kUSS Bristol (DD-857) refueling from the USS AMERICA (CVA-66) off the Virginia Capes, April 1 1965. Photo by PH1 Frank W. Greenwald, USN 1112103. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Bristol 83kTaken in the Welland Canal, July 1965.Jim Oberndorfer
Bristol 83kDestroyer Squadron 30 in Montreal July 1965.Marc Piché
Bristol 238kUSN #1120580. Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, April 26 1966, an aerial starboard quarter view of USS Bristol (DD 857) underway, outbound. US Navy photo by PH3 R. J. Meckel, USN. US Naval Photographic Center, NS Anacostia, Washington D.C.Robert M. Cieri/Tommy Trampp
Bristol 133kOff the east coast of the United States 1967.Marc Piché
Bristol 24kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bristol 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bristol 68kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bristol 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Bristol 116kShip's plaque.Michael Ayer
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Kenneth Pearle Letts    Mar 17 1945 - 1946

CDR William Julius Lederer Jr.    1946 - 1947

CDR Paul Lamar Joachim    1947 - 1948

CDR Christopher Sylvanus Barker Jr.    1948 - 1949 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Bright McLaughlin    1949 - 1951

CDR Charles Alexander Darrah    1951 - 1952

CDR Desmond Kiernan O'Conner    1952 - 1954

CDR Francis John (Fred) Gorczyk    1954 - 1955

CDR Eugene Adams Hemley    1955 - 1957

CDR Giles Featherston Bunn Jr.    1957 - Apr 1 1959

CDR Franklin Steward Bergen    Apr 1 1959 - Dec 1960

CDR Henry (Hank) Bress    Dec 1960 - 1961

CDR John Carroll Powell II    1961 - 1962

CDR William S. Johnston    October 1963 - fall 1964

CDR Dan J. Rienstra    fall 1964

CDR William Sherwood Butler    1964 - 1966

CDR Thomas Iglehart Noble    1966 - 1969

CDR Joseph Edward Guion    1969 - Aug 23 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dick Szulczewski
Address: 1910 Peony Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447-2154
Phone: (763)-473-3670
E-mail: None

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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