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|6k||Ben Richard Bronstein (14 April 1915 - 28 February 1942) was born in Manchester, N.H. and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1936, then from
Tufts College Medical School at Boston in 1940. Dr. Bronstein was appointed Assistant Surgeon, Medical Corps with the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) on 04 October 1941. He reported to
the Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard on 06 November; then moved on to Casco Bay, Me. to await transportation to Argentia, Newfoundland, to meet USS Jacob Jones (DD 130). He reported
on board the destroyer late in December.
While serving as a roving antisubmarine patrol ship off the Delaware Capes on 27 February 1942, Jacob Jones spotted the burning wreckage of the torpedoed tanker R. P. Resor. The destroyer searched the area around the wreckage for survivors and then headed south on patrol. At dawn on 28 February, the undetected German submarine U-578 sank Jacob Jones with at least two torpedoes. Lt.(jg.) Bronstein was lost with the ship.
USS Bronstein (DE 189) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor, she was succeeded by DE 1037 (1963-1990).
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|160k||14 November 1943: Newark, N.J. - Mrs. Dinah Bronstein Kurtz christens the ship, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, New Jersey.|
(U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-213736 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|78k||14 November 1943: Newark, N.J. - The future USS Bronstein (DE 189) launching at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.|
(U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-213735 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|157k||29 December 1943: off New York City - The newly commissioned USS Bronstein (DE 189) at sea.|
(U.S. National Archive photo #80-G-207283 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|136k||11 August 1944: at sea - USS Bronstein (DE 189) underway at sea as seen from USS Card (CVE 11).
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-366278 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|114k||late 1944 - early 1945; the Atlantic Ocean||Roy L. Simmons|
|198k||16 July 1952; the Atlantic Ocean - Republic of Uruguay destroyer escort Artigas (DE 2), heading out to sea off Cape Henry, Virginia. Starboard
bow view was taken by K-20 at an altitude of 500 feet. She is the ex-USS Bronstein (DE 189).
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-445096 from the United States National Archives)
|99k||undated: Wilman Fuentes lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and is making a historical compilation about Bronstein's service in Uruguay from 1952 until 1988.||Wilman Fuentes|
|72k||August 1960: Boston, Mass. - ROU Artigas (DE-2) at the Boston Navy Yard.||Dick Leonhardt|
|81k||undated image||Wilman Fuentes|
via Mark Roberts a
|52k||Artigas underway, date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|45k||May 1966: ROU Artigas leaving the Mt. Hope Shipyard in the Panama Canal Zone after a major overhaul. Thought you might like this old photo for your records. I worked on her from start to finish. Note the new mast and radar on her.||Richard J. Dillon|
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Panama Canal Zone (RIP)
|View the USS Bronstein (DE 189) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Bronstein's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 13 Dec. 1943 - 26 Nov. 1944||Lcdr. Sheldon Hoard Kinney, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '41) (Pasadena, Cal.) (Ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 26 Nov. 1944 - 01 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. John H. Longley, USNR|
|3.) 01 Dec. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1946||Lt.(jg) Paul F. Stark, USNR|
|4.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 May. 1946||Lt.(jg) George Heard, USNR|
|5.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 17 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Walter K. Banner, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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