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USS Brister (DE 327)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - S - E
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Switzerland"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Brister (DE 327) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 June 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 24 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Blanche Brister, mother of Ensign Brister
  • 30 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr L. H. Crosby, USNR, in command
  • 04 October 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 10 months of service
  • 02 September 1955: Entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard for DER conversion
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified DER 327
  • 02 July 1956: Recommissioned and assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • 21 September 1968: Decommissioned after 12 years and 2⅔ months of service
  • 23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 15 years and ⅔ month's service
  • 03 November 1971: Sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    Brister 25k June 1945

    (U.S. Navy photo)
    Brister 56k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy photo)
    Brister 885k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-327 19-N-84982 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Lowe 207k Undated Post-Conversion Photo Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Brister 95k November 1961: entering Guam Ron Tone
    Brister 35k November 1961: in drydock
    Brister 93k October 1968: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.


    Ship's Lighter
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Brister History
    View the USS Brister (DE 327) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Brister as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Brister's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
          U.S. Navy as DE-327
    1.)  30 Nov. 1943 22 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Lawton H. Crosby, USNR (Comm. CO) (Lake Bluff, Ill.)
    2.)  22 Dec. 1944 21 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Richard D. Tucker, USNR (Mill Neck, N.Y.)
    3.)  21 Jul. 1945 11 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Francis C. Cady, USNR
    4.)  11 Nov. 1945 19 Aug. 1946Lt. / Lcdr. Herbert T. Wordell, USNR
    5.)  19 Aug. 1946 14 Sep. 1946Lt. David Stafford Sterrett, USN (Erie, Pa.)
    6.)  14 Sep. 1946 - 04 Oct. 1946Lt. Clinton Jerome Merritt, USN (Decomm. CO)
          U.S. Navy as DER-327
    7.)  21 Jul. 1956 12 Nov. 1957Lcdr. Joseph John Cote (Recomm. CO)
    8.)  23 Nov. 1957 04 Mar. 1960Lcdr. Thomas Charles Young
    9.)  04 Mar. 1960 15 Dec. 1961Lcdr. Glenn Wesley Wineman (Mercer, Pa.)
    10.) 15 Dec. 1961 26 Sep. 1963Lcdr. Douglas Lloyd Newgard (Thurston, Wash..)
    11.) 26 Sep. 1963 18 Sep. 1964Lcdr. Arthur Adolph Strunk
    12.) 27 Sep. 1964 13 Jul. 1967Lcdr. Charles Patrick Pfarrer Jr. (USNA '54) (Dayton, Oh.)
    13.) 13 Jul. 1967 - 26 Jul. 1968Lcdr. Billy Jerl White (prior enl.) (Grantsville, W.V.)
    14.) 26 Jul. 1968 - 21 Sep. 1968Lcdr. George Eugene O'Brien (Decomm. CO) (USNA '57)

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