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USS Bridget (DE 1024)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - P - W - X
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Abington"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

"Submersa Cavete"
(Submarines Beware)
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Bridget (DE 1024) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 September 1955: Keel laid at the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • 25 April 1956: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mr. Francis J. Bridget, widow of Captain Bridget
  • 24 October 1957: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. B. Haines in command, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force as a unit of Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 01 February 1968: CortRon 3 disestablished, transferrred to DesRon 33 (CruDesFlot 11)
  • 28 September 1968: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) as a unit of ResDesDiv 273 at Seattle, Wash., relieved USS Whitehurst (DE 634)
  • 07 July 1971: Transferred to DesRon 37 (NRF) as flagship
  • 10 September 1973: Replaced as NRF training ship at Seattle by USS Epperson (DD 719)
  • 12 November 1973: Decommissioned after 16 years and month of service, struck from the NVR
  • 01 September 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    56k Francis Joseph Bridget was born in Washington, D.C. on 02 August 1897, the son of Bernard M. and Josephine (Moore) Bridget, He attended the Columbian Preparatory School in Washington prior to his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on 03 June 1921, he subsequently advanced in rank, attaining that of Commander. He was posthumously appointed Captain by the Secretary of the Navy on 28 August 1945. He was awarded the Navy Cross and the Army Silver Star Medals, and cited as follows:

    Navy Cross: "For extraorinary heroism and courage during operations against Japanese forces in December 1941. Although subjected to repeated and sustained enemy aerial attacks, Commander Bridget rendered outstanding service under extremely hazardous and difficult conditions..."

    Army Silver Star Medal: "For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Bataan, on 29 January 1942. On his own initiative and volition, and despite the hazards of hostile aerial attack and artillery fire, Commander Bridget accompanied an expedition aboard USS Quail, with the mission in conjunction with ground troops, of dislodging enemy forces established in a strategic area. The display of fearless devotion to duty revealed by this officer during the entire operation, as well as his superior saemanship and gunnery contributed in a large measure to the successful destruction of the enemy forces."

    On 17 June 1943, Captain Bridget was reported a "prisoner of war", and on 15 December 1944 was lost on board a Japanese prison ship sunk off Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands. "For exceptionally meritorious conduct... while aboard Japanese prison ship, until that vessel was sunk...", he was awarded the Legion of Merit posthumously.

    "Self-sacrificing and constant in his concern for others, Commander Bridget made every effort to maintain discipline among the 800 American prisoners-of-war packed into the airless, humid holds of the ships, rendering valiant service in sustaining the morale of the starving, panic-stricken men. With conditions rapidly becoming more acute and the men growing weaker, (he) who could speak some Japanese, repeatedly risked his life to go topside, to endeavor to negotiate with the enemy and alleviate the situation for his trapped companions. Aware that certain death awaited any man attempting to leave the hold when the ship was subjected to the first of a series of attacks, he warned that attempted escape might lead to a mass slaughter by the Japanese and calmly assured the frantic prisoners that if the vessel sank all would be able to abandon ship before it went down..."

    In addition to the Navy Cross, the Army Silver Star Medal, and the Legion of Merit, Captain Bridget was entitled to the Purple Heart Medal, the Victory Medal, Atlantic Fleet Clasp (WW I); the American Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Defense Ribbon.

    USS Bridget (DE 1024) (1957-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.    (Photo from the USS Bridget 1967 Cruise Book.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bridget 72k undated image Jerry J. Hagan
    MMCM, USN (Ret.)
    Bridget 99k line abreast, in hull number order
    Bridget 159k September 1957: San Francisco Bay

    Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Bridget 78k Fall 1959: Yokosuka, Japan - USS Orleck (DD 886), Bridget, and USCG Winnebago (W-40) Derick Hartshorn
    Coxswain, Port Services
    NavSta Yokosuka, Japan
    Bridget 90k Fall 1959: Yokosuka, Japan - stern view of Orleck and Bridget.
    ***Evans / Bridget*** 89k 04 March 1961: San Diego, Cal. - "Enemy Sub Killers" Nestled alongside USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) at San Diego, are three modern destroyer escorts and three destroyers of the ComCruDesPac force. The carrier and her group of 'greyhounds' make up a Navy Hunter-Killer Group now operating in the Pacific. Included are (outboard in) Bridget, USS Evans (DE 1023), USS Hooper (DE 1026) all of CortRon Three; USS Lofberg (DD 759), USS Taussig (DD7 46) and USS John A. Bole (DD 755), all of DesDiv 72." (Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the Hoyt "Bud" Colburn Collection)

    NOTE: Carol is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on for availability.
    Carol Edgemon Hipperson
    Bridget 373k circa late 1961: the Pacific Ocean - The destroyer escort USS Bridget (DE 1024) before receiving her helicopter deck in the early 1960s.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91918 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Bridget 373k undated: the Pacific Ocean - USS Bridget (DE 1024) photographed as she departs San Diego bound for the Pacific. This shot looks like a ship portrait from Marine Photos.
    Bridget 88k November 1963: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Bridget 384k 04 May 1964: the Atlantic Ocean - The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Bridget (DE 1024) underway off Newport, Rhode Island. Note the other escorts in the background.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107512 by PH1 L.P. Lee, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bridget 185k April 1967: Yokosuka, Japan - Bridget arriving in port. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Bridget 251k 24 July 1967: the Western Pacific Ocean - USS Yorktown (CVS 10) surrounded by her escorts while en route to the United States after her 1966 Western Pacific Cruise. Other hips are (clockwise from upper right): USS Bridget (DE 1024), USS Hooper (DE 1026), USS Goldsborough (DDG 20), USS Taylor (DD 468), USS Jenkins (DD 447).

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1143831 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Bridget 80k October 1967: Yokosuka, Japan - Bridget arriving in port. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

    Bridget Memorabilia
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    Change of Command
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    Bridget History
    View the USS Bridget (DE 1024) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the Bridget Supplemental History from Tom Lawson

    Bridget's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  24 Oct. 1957 - 07 Jul. 1958Lcdr. John B. Haines (Dexter, Me.)
    2.)  07 Jul. 1958 - 31 May 1960 Lcdr. Worth Harrington Bagley (USNA '46) (Annapolis, Md.) (ret. as Adm., Vice CNO)
    3.)  31 May 1960 - 27 Dec. 1961 Lcdr. Paul Boland (Cincinnati, Oh.)
    4.)  27 Dec. 1961 - 11 Feb. 1963 Lcdr. Malvern Eugene Soper (OCS '48) (Richmond, Ind.)
    5.)  11 Feb. 1963 - 30 Mar. 1964 Lcdr. Eugene Joseph Reiher (USNA '49) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    6.)  30 Mar. 1964 - 22 Oct. 1965 Lcdr. William Edward McCafferty (prior enl. '43 / USNA '52) (Precott, Iowa)
    7.)  22 Oct. 1965 - 21 Aug. 1967 Lcdr. Conrad Jonathan Rorie (Fulton, Tenn.) (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  21 Aug. 1967 - 30 Jul. 1968 Lcdr. Gerald Michael Carter, Jr. (USNA '54) (Charleston, S.C.)
    9.)  30 Jul. 1968 - 28 Jan. 1970 Lcdr. James Albert Hodges
    10.) 28 Jan. 1970 - 09 Sep. 1971Lcdr. James Doran Korthe
    11.) 09 Sep. 1971 - 12 Nov. 1973 Lcdr. Fred Wilkin Bailey

    Crew Contact And Last Known Reunion Information

    2013 at San Diego, Cal. in conjunction with
    Escort Squadron (CortRon) 3 Association
    Association Contact Name: Stan Virden
    Phone: (H) 251-967-4287 or (C) 251-209-1984
    E-mail: Stan Virden

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