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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJDF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ADJUSTER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 5 x 21" tt.(1x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. December 20 1944.
Launched May 26 1945 and commissioned October 1 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken December 3 1973.
To Brazil December 3 1973, renamed Mariz e Barros.
Decommissioned By Brazil, September 1 1997, serving as a dock side training ship.
Fate Expended as a target, December 2000.

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Bass 80kHarry Brinkley Bass was born in Chicago, Ill., on Independence Day 1916 and was appointed a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy on 11 June 1934 and graduated on 2 June 1938. Appointed ensign the same day, Ens. Bass reported for duty in New Orleans (CA-32), then serving on the west coast, on 29 June 1938. Detached from New Orleans on 10 June 1939, he reported to Farragut (DD-348) two days later. On 7 August 1940, Bass departed Farragut to proceed to the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., to begin flight training. He began his tour of duty on 25 August 1940. His training lasted until the beginning of 1941. On 7 February 1941, Ens. Bass was designated a naval aviator, and on the 20th, he was detached from the Pensacola Air Station. He moved to the Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla., on 24 February for additional instruction before joining Bombing Squadron (VB) 2 in Lexington (CV-2) on 14 May. During the fall of 1941, his ship moved from the west coast to Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. He and his carrier operated from that base for the remainder of Lexington’s career. On 5 December 1941, two days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bass was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade} to date from 2 June 1941. At the time of the attack, his ship was at sea with Task Force (TF) 12 delivering Marine Corps Vought SB2U-3 Vindicators from VMSB-231 to reinforce the defenses of Midway Island. Following the outbreak of hostilities, he participated in missions against enemy installations and shipping--notably the raid on Lae and Salamaua on the northern coast of New Guinea. He was credited with sinking an enemy ship during those attacks on 10 March l942--an action for which he received the Navy Cross. Later, Lt. (jg.) Bass received a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for his part in helping to sink the Japanese small carrier Shoho on 7 May 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. That same battle, however, brought the loss of his ship, Lexington. After suffering severe torpedo and bomb damage, she was scuttled by torpedoes from Phelps (DD-360). Soon after that engagement, on 15 June 1942, Brinkley Bass was promoted to lieutenant. On the 26th, he was ordered to report to the newly established Fighting Squadron (VF) 29. His squadron was assigned to the escort carrier Santee (CVE-29) and, while assigned to that warship, he and his squadron provided air support for the landings in French Morocco between 8 and 11 November. His part in that operation earned him the Silver Star. On 21 December 1942, Lt. Bass succeeded to command of VF-29. He and his squadron served in Santee for about another year. During that time they escorted convoys and conducted hunter-killer antisubmarine patrols. During the late summer of 1943, Santee planes carried out a successful series of actions against German U-boats in the region south of the Azores. For his leadership of VF-29 during that period, Lt. Bass received a letter of commendation and the commendation ribbon. He retained command of VF-29 into the spring of 1944, though the squadron left Santee at the end of 1943. On 11 April 1944, he assumed command of VF-74, and received his promotion to lieutenant commander on the 15th. Late in June, Lt. Comdr. Bass and VF-74 reported on board Kasaan Bay (CVE-69). That escort carrier departed Quonset Point, R.I., on 30 June and arrived at Oran, Algeria, on 10 July. For the next month, his squadron and ship conducted antisubmarine patrols in the Mediterranean and prepared for the invasion of southern France. Kasaan Bay, with Lt. Comdr. Bass and his squadron embarked, departed Valetta, Malta, on 12 August 1944 and arrived off the invasion beaches on the 15th. For the next five days, he led his squadron in bombing and strafing runs on enemy positions and supply lines. Lt. Comdr. Bass was killed on 20 August 1944 when his plane crashed as a result of enemy action. For that last engagement, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, posthumously.Bill Gonyo
USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887)
Bass 89kUndated, location unknown.-
Bass 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Bass 246kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 122kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 104kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bass 189kNewspaper clipping for the Launching dated May 27 1945.Ron Reeves
Bass 72kMarch 16 1951, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Bass 130kCirca mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Bass 124kBrinkley Bass at Mare Island during her overhaul in April 1956. She was at the yard from 3/1/56 until 5/25/56. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bass 153kNovember 24 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Bass 115kUSS Rogers (DDR-876), USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887), USS Preble (DLG-15), USS Mahan (DLG-11), USS King (DLG-10) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) lined up together at San Diego, 4 February, 1961.Robert Hurst
Bass 93kAs above.Robert Hurst
Bass 180kAs above.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Bass 43kUSS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and USS Maddox (DD-731) at Long Beach in 1965.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Bass 224kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 203kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 201kCirca 1967, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 186kCirca 1967 with the USS Passumpsic (AO-107) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Bass 76kJune 1968, just prior to her Vietnam delpoyment in July 1968.CDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 786kColor version of above photo, composite from endpapers of 1968 cruise book.CDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 80kTransiting through Pearl Harbor enroute to Gulf of Tonkin, July 1968. Marc Piché
CDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 661kUnderway off Oahu, July 1969. Photo taken by Navy unit at Barbers Point, part of ship's PAO file.John Geoghegan
Bass 298kAnother view of Brinkley Bass underway, July 1969.CDR Frank Dengler, USN (Ret.)
Bass 49kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 36kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 28kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bass 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Brazilian Service
Bass 148kAntônio Carlos de Mariz e Barros, born in Rio de Janeiro 07 March 1835, was a Brazilian naval officer. During the Paraguayan War (War of the Triple Alliance), Lieutenant Mariz e Barros commanded the armored gunboat Tamandaré. He was mortally wounded during the shelling of the Itapirú defenses on 27 March 1866, dying the next day. The former Brinkley Bass was the third Brazilian naval vessel to be named for Mariz e Barros.
"Le capitaine Mariz-e-Barros, mort au bombardement d'Itapiru," illustration from journal universel, Vol. XLVII, nº 1.215, 09 June 1866.
Dave Wright
Bass 56kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) at sea, circa 1975. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 47kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 57kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 53kAs the CT Mariz e Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 69kAs the CT Mariz E Barros (D 26) in the Port of Santos, photo by José da Silva.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
Bass 667kCT Mariz E Barros (D 26) tied up at Naval Base, Rio de Janeiro, 17 October 1990. National Archives photo from Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, Record Group 330. NA identifier 6466978. Original photographer Don S. MontgomeryLuiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)

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Commanding Officers
01CDR Philip Wallace Winston (USNA 1933)01 October 1945 - 1947
02CDR Thomas Charles Warfield1947 - 1949
03CDR Michael J. O'Connor1949 - August 1950
04CDR Aaron Frederick Beyer, Jr. (USNA 1933)August 1950 - September 1952
05CDR Gordon GemmillSeptember 1952 - December 1953
06CDR Samuel Hugh AlexanderDecember 1953 - June 1955
07CDR John Blount Davis, Jr. (USNA 1942)June 1955 - 22 January 1957
08CDR Walter Charles Klein22 January 1957 - 1959
09CDR Melvin George (Max) Grazda1959 - 1961
10LCDR John Phoenix Moore Richards II (USNA 1947)1961 - 1962
11CDR Lawrence Arthur Wilder (USNA 1945)1962 - August 1963
12CDR Charles Raymond Anderson (USNA 1947)August 1963 - 1965
13CDR Will Ed Lassiter1965 - 22 June 1966
14CDR Sumner (Stud) Gurney22 June 1966 - July 1968
15CDR Steven Van WestendorpJuly 1968 - 03 January 1970
16CDR James Walter Tucker03 January 1970 - September 1972
17CDR Earl Edward SchultzSeptember 1972 - 03 December 1973
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Shetron
Address: 347 W. Leeside Street, Glendora CA 91741
Phone: (626) 335-4034

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