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USS Brumby (DE 1044)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - E - R - A
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Huckster"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal w/star - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Brumby (DE 1044) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1962: Buiilding contract awarded to the Avondale Shipyards Corp.
  • 01 April 1963: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyards, Westwego, La.
  • 06 June 1964: Launched and christened, co-sponsored by Misses Muriel Tuckerman Fitzgerald and Cornelia Truxtun Fitzgerald, Adm. Brumby's granddaughters
  • 05 August 1965: Commissioned at Charleston, S.C., Cmdr. George F. Tolson Jr. in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 10 homeported at Newport, R.I.
  • July 1968: Squadron assignment changed to Destroyer Squadron 12 (DesDiv 122)
  • 29 September 1969: Homeport and Squadron assignment changed to Destroyer Squadron 8 (DesDiv 82) at Mayport, Fla.
  • 1973: Homeport and Squadron assignment changed to Destroyer Squadron 4 at Charleston, S.C.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1044)
  • 31 March 1989: Decommissioned at Naval Station, Charleston, S.C. after 23 years and 8¾ months of service, leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Harbah (F-266)
  • 19 August 1994: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 September 1994: Transferred back to MARAD at Singapore, sold for scrap same date to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $635,602.00
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    Thomas Mason Brumby, the son of Arnoldus Van Der Horst and Ann Eliza (Wallis) Brumby was born on 20 November 1855 at Marietta, Georgia. His father Arnoldus was a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, and was Colonel of the 14th Georgia Infantry in the Civil War. He was serving as the president of the Georgia Military Academy at Marietta when Thomas was born. In 1873. Thomas was attending the University of Georgia when he transferred to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. In 1877, he graduated fourteenth in a class of forty-five. At this time, graduating from the Naval Academy did not ensure a position in the Navy. In actuality, Brumby had picked a bad time to pursue a Naval career. The Navy, a world-class force in the 1860's, had dwindled to virtual extinction in the 1870's. The ships were outdated, and three-quarters of the crews were made up of foreign, non-U.S. citizens. A year after his graduation, Brumby found a position with the Navy. By the time he made Midshipman on 18 June 1879, the Navy was making rumblings of coming back to life. While Thomas Brumby was serving as Ensign, a position he reached on 26 November 1880, the U.S. Navy began building a steel navy, with the first ship, the protected cruiser, USS Atlanta, being laid down in 1883. By 1887 Brumby had made Lieutenant Junior Grade, and from April 1891 to January 1893 served in the school ship USS St. Mary's. Promoted to full lieutenant on 24 August 1892, he served in the battleships USS New York and USS Vermont.

    By 1889, Brumby found himself serving in Samoa, where tensions were rising between the U.S., Britain and Germany. While there a terrible storm hit Samoa's Apra harbor. In the storm, of the three American, one British and three German warships present, only the British warship, powered by steam, managed to escape. The other ships were lost. Brumby fought the waves after his ship went down, and landed on the Samoan shore. In September 1897 he was ordered to the U. S. Naval Observatory. When Admiral Dewey was ordered to command of the Asiatic Squadron, he began seeking aides to take with him to the Far East. Brumby volunteered, and met Dewey's criteria. He was then chosen to go as Dewey's Flag Lieutenant, and in April of 1898 he found himself in USS Olympia (Cruiser No. 6). Within a few months, war had broken out between the U.S. and Spain and Olympia was on her way to confront the Spanish in the Philippines. The resulting Battle of Manila Bay was a resounding victory for the American forces. During the action, a signal halyard being used by Brumby was sliced by enemy fire as he held it in his hands. It was a very close call for the flag lieutenant. When Olympia and Admiral Dewey returned to the U.S., after a triumphal cruise home by way of the Suez Canal and Europe, Lieutenant Brumby was still with him. Brumby himself was considered a hero, and was honored by the governor of Georgia and the State of Georgia with a presentation sword. After the celebrations, Brumby returned to Washington, where Admiral Dewey was settling in. Here, after surviving the rigors of the Philippines, Thomas Brumby contracted typhoid fever. Scarcely three months after his return to the U.S., Lt. Brumby passed away at Washington's Garfield Hopital. His body was originally interred at Atlanta in the Oakland Cemetery. Later, his body was moved to West View Cemetery where his grave is surmounted by an obelisk, purchased through public contributions.


    Frank Hardeman Brumby, the nephew of Thomas M. Brumby, was born in Athens, Ga. on 11 September 1874 to John Wallis and Arebella Hardeman Brumby. He attended the University of Georgia at Athens before his appointment as a Naval Cadet in 1891, the year he entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. from the Eigth Congressional District of Georgia. He completed the four year course and was detached on 07 June 1895 to serve two years at sea then required by law before final graduation. Commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Navy on 07 June 1897, he subsequently progressed in rank to that of Rear Admiral, to date from from 15 September 1927. He served in the rank of Vice Admiral from 20 May 1933 to 15 June 1934, and in the rank of Admiral from that date until 01 April 1935, and his susequent retirement on 01 October 1938. He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List to date from 16 June 1942.

    Admiral Frank H. Brumby died in Norfolk, Va. on 16 July 1950, suvived by his wife, Mrs. Frank H. (Isabelle Truxtun) Brumby; a daughter, Mrs. Charles T. Fitzgerald of Washington, D.C.; and a son, Captain Frank H. Brumby Jr. USN (USNA Class of 1932).

    Admiral Brumby had the Sampson Medal, Spanish Campaign Medal, Philippine Campaign Medal, Cuban Pacification Medal, and the World War I Victory Medal

    USS Brumby (DE 1044) (1965-1989) was the first ship to be named in their honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 51562 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 52267 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Former Brumby Crewmembers:

    John McTeague
    North Reading, Mass.


    Mike Pierce
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    713k 06 June 1964: Westwego, La. - The future USS Brumby (DE 1044) being launched at Avondale Shipyard.
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    407k 22 May 1967: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Brumby (DE 1044) on a dependents cruise, just prior to us leaving on Brumby's first overseas deployment (North Atlantic and Med). You can see a female with an officer or Chief in front of Mt. 51.

    (U.S. Navy Photo ID#: AAF43025-67 by PH2 Parker Davis U.S. Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, R.I.)
    John McTeague
    North Reading, Mass.

    FTG3, DE 1044
    (Nov. '66 - Oct. '68)
    104k June 1967: Kiel, Germany - A photo of the Belgian Navy command and logistic support ship RBNS Godetia (A 690) and the United States Navy frigate USS Brumby (DE 1044) tied up at the Tirpitzmole for the Kieler Woche (The Kiel Week or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the largest sailing event in the world, and also one of the largest Volksfeste in Germany, attracting millions of people every year from all over Germany and neighbouring countries).

    (Photo ID#: 41.600 from the collection of Friedrich Magnussen [1914-1987])
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

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    July 1967: the Baltic Sea -
    Three photos of Polish Navy Patrol Boats "observing" Brumby as we travelled into and through the Baltic while transitting from Norrköping, Sweden (visited 30 June to 05 July)
    to El Ferro, Spain. For the closeups I went up to the flying bridge and used my camera through the "Big Eyes" (extra large binoculars), strictly a "lucky shot" on both the closeups.

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    John McTeague
    North Reading, Mass.

    FTG3, DE 1044
    (Nov. '66 - Oct. '68)
    539k 25 August 1967: the Mediterranean Sea - USS Courtney (DE 1021) breaking away from USS Sylvania (AFS 2) after replenishing from her starboard side. Brumby had just broken away from her port side. The replenishment took place as the ships were travelling from Valletta, Malta to Castellammare, Sicily.

    225k Med 1967: the Mediterranean Sea - Brumby's ships bell and upper superstructure aft of the flying bridge.

    288k February 1968: Portsmouth, Va. - FTG2 Bill Lewis and FTG3 David Yoho at the MK 56 Gun Fire Control System Control Panel in Brumby's Plot. This picture was taken in early 1968 when we were in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (20 February to 25 November 1968).

    45k March 1968: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. - These four shots were taken during Brumby's yard period.

    Top: Daylight shot of USS Brumby's sonar dome while in drydock.

    Second: Daylight shot of Brumby in drydock.

    Third: A night shot of Brumby in drydock.

    Fourth: A view of Brumby's pilothouse.
    Terry Hoffer
    QM2, '67 - 12/70
    65k 1968: the Atlantic Ocean - underway off Cape Hatteras.
    30k 1968: the Atlantic Ocean - sunset at sea.
    49k 1968: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - full-dress ship while moored at Gitmo.
    234k Summer 1968: Norfolk, Va. - Two views USS Brumby (DE 1044) pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, taken in the Summer of 1968, by photographer D.E.K. (see bottom of prints). We had just left San Juan, Puerto Rico headed back to our homeport of Newport, R.I., when we were ordered into Norfolk Naval Shipyard for them to check out our gimpy boilers. That was March of 1968, and I left Brumby in October of 1968. Judging by the sailor on watch wearing whites I guess we can assume it's Summer 1968. John McTeague
    North Reading, Mass.
    202k 1970: Antwerp, Belgium - A photo of Brumby, moored inboard of USS Edward McDonnell (DE 1043) and USS Biddle (DLG 34), while on a port visit to Antwerp. Gilbert Gyssels
    423k circa early 1970's: the Atlantic Ocean - The frigate USS Brumby (FF 1044) underway at speed.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107498 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    156k June 1973: off Guantanamo Bay Cuba - a six picture series of USS Brumby (DE 1044) highlining with USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35). Brumby was in overhaul at the Charleston Naval Shipyard from November 1972 to April 1973 before sailing to Guantanamo Bay for refresher training.

    (Photos by ETN2 Greg Bevirt).
    Terrence Wright
    38k September 1972: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    140k 27 November 1975: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44) tied up pierside along with USS Brumby centre, and USS Truett (FF 1095) outboard.

    (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired professional seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World)

    Brumby  1.) 146k   Brumby  2.) 139k   Brumby  3.) 131k

    01 December 1975: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - Three views of USS Brumby preparing to moor for a port visit.

    (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired professional seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World)

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    229k November 1976: Brumby in the North Atlantic.

    (Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    341k 06 June 1979: Mediterranean Sea - NATO ships: Turkish DD Tinaztepe (D-355) [former USS Keppler DD 765]; the British frigate Charybdis F-75; the Italian frigate Carabiniere F-581; and USS Brumby FF 1044.

    (photographer unknown)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    213k 18 May 1983: A port bow view of the frigate Brumby underway during the NATO Exercise Distant Drum.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-02017 from
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    517k October 1988: USS Brumby (FF 1044) heading down the Kennebec River for sea trials after departing the Bath Iron Works.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-37.01.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    439k 31 October 1988: USS Brumby (FF 1044) leaving Portland, Maine for sea trials following a 14 month ROH at Bath Iron Works. Shawn Ward
    Crewmember '87 - '89
    423k 31 March 1989: Charleston, S.C. - The crew of the frigate USS Brumby (FF 1044) departs the ship following its decommissioning at Naval Station Charleston. The Brumby will be transferred to the Pakistani navy and recomissioned as PNS Harbah (F-266).

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #DN-SN-89-06883 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive

    Brumby Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Post Card
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Brumby History
    View the USS Brumby (DE 1044) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Brumby's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  05 Aug. 1965 -07 Jul. 1966Cmdr. George Franklin Tolson Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    2.)  07 Jul. 1966 - 19 Aug. 1968 Cmdr. Peter G. Brown
    3.)  19 Aug. 1968 - 21 Nov. 1970Cmdr. Peter Robert Walker (USNA '53) (Wyckoff, N.J.)
    4.)  21 Nov. 1970 - 15 Feb. 1972Cmdr. Luther C. Holder (OCS '54) (Wildorado, Tex.)
    5.)  15 Feb. 1972 - 07 Mar. 1972Cmdr. Stanley L. Turner
    6.)  07 Mar. 1972 - 13 April 1973Cmdr. Edward Courtland Snyder Jr. (USNA '54) (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    7.)  13 Apr. 1973 - 14 Jul. 1973Cmdr. John James Kingston (prior enl. / OCS '55) (Brookline, Mass.)
    8.)  14 Jul. 1973 - 15 Jul. 1975Cmdr. Frederick N. Mangol (OCS '58) (Detroit, Mich.)
    9.)  15 Jul. 1975 - 14 Oct. 1976 Cmdr. William W. Pippinger (OCS '58) (Frankfort, In.)
    10.) 14 Oct. 1976 - 10 Jun. 1978Cmdr. David Gregory MacPherson (OCS '60) (Modesto, Cal.)
    11.) 10 Jun. 1978 - 16 Jun. 1980Cmdr. William F. Glover III
    12.) 16 Jun. 1980 - 13 Sep. 1982Cmdr. Jimmy Don Henderson
    13.) 13 Sep. 1982 - 14 Sep. 1984Cmdr. Franklin G. West, Jr. (Citadel '64) (Charleston, S.C.)
    14.) 14 Sep. 1984 - 14 Nov. 1986Cmdr. James D. Eldridge Jr. (OCS '65) (Americus, Ga.)
    15.) 14 Nov. 1986 - 31 Mar. 1989 Cmdr. John Russell (Rusty) Wall (NROTC '68) (Army Jr., Bronxville, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion
    2004 at Ft. Mitchell KY

    Contact Name: Michael Pierce
    E-mail: Michael Pierce

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