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USS Bray (APD-139)
USS Bray (DE-709) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1944, as Bray (DE-709), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 15 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Bray (DE-709), 4 September 1944. CDR. James A. Heatherington, III, USNR, in command
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport and designated (APD-139), 16 July 1945
  • Converted at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register. 1 June 1960
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 27 March 1963
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

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    USS Bray (APD-139)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships(DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Heatherington III, James A.4 September 1944 - 5 October 1945
    02LCDR. Jakomas, Daniel V., USNR December 1945 - 15 March 1946
    03LTjg. Miller, Samuel, USNR 15 March 1946 - 10 May 1946
    04LTjg. Tench, Robert Louis, USNR 10 May 1946 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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