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|48k||Richard Bull was born in the boroughof Manhattan in New York City on 14 July 1914, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Harcourt Bull. He enlisted in the Navy on 16 July 1938 at Miami, Fla.,
and underwent flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., before winning his wings on 12 October 1939. Appointed ensign on 21 November 1939, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron
(PatRon) 22 on that date. On 28 November 1940, Ens. Bull was designated a patrol plane commander.
Transferred with his squadron to the East Indies early in World War II, Ens. Bull took part in the gallant efforts of Patrol Wing (PatWing) 10 as its slow, ungainly PBY flying boats hunted for elements of the Japanese fleet. On 21 January 1942, a temporary appointment as lieutenant (junior grade) was sent to Bull, but no record of his execution of the oath of office has been found. While on patrol off the coast of Borneo on 23 January 1942, Bull discovered a transport and two destroyers. Driven off by antiaircraft fire, he persistently remained in the vicinity and, as a result, sighted 26 ships a short time later. During another reconnaissance flight in the vicinity of the island of Ambon in the Netherlands East Indies on 05 February 1942, Bull searched for an enemy carrier group reported to be nearby. He ran afoul of enemy fighters and was never seen again. For his "extraordinary flying achievement, courage and devotion to duty" in carrying out this mission, Bull received the posthumous award of the Distinguished Flying Cross..
USS Bull (DE 693) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site: Find A Grave (Memorial #56774937)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|19k||undated wartime images, Atlantic, prior to conversion
(Both Photos by Richard D. Hoffmann)
|Richard D. Hoffmann|
|View the USS Bull (DE 693 / APD 78) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Bull as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Bull's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 Aug. 1943 - 12 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. Duane Wesley Farnham, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '30) (Alamosa, Colo.)|
|2.) 12 Dec. 1943 - 09 Feb. 1944||Lcdr. John Barry McLaughlin, USNR|
|3.) 09 Feb. 1944 - 21 Mar. 1945||Lt. Egbert Roscoe Ferguson Jr., USNR (Cincinnati, Oh.)|
|4.) 21 Mar. 1945 - 15 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. Merritt Berner, USNR|
|5.) 15 Aug. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946||Lt. Francis Bowman Rauch Jr., USNR|
|6.) .. Feb. 1946 - .. Jan. 1947||Lcdr. Charles Edward Weyll, USNR|
|7.) .. Jan. 1947 - 05 Jun. 1947||Lt. Edward John Zajac (Decomm. CO) (Cleveland, Oh.)|
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