DD-630 General Specifications
Class: Fletcher class destroyer
Named for: Daniel L. Braine
Complement: 329 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2050 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 39 feet 8 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Transferred to Argentina 17 August 1971
USS BRAINE (DD-630)
Braine (DD-630) was launched 7 March 1943 by Bath
Iron Works Corp.
Maine; sponsored by Mrs. Daniel L. Braine
wife of a grandson of Rear Admiral Braine and commissioned 11 May 1943
Commander J. F. Newman
Departing the east coast in the summer of 1943 Braine
sailed via San Francisco to Pearl Harbor as an escort
for troop transports. She then proceeded directly to
Wake Island where she participated in its bombing and
bombardment (5-6 October 1943). Between 1 and 3
November Braine took part in the initial landings in
Empress Augusta Bay
Bougainville. During the following two months she escorted resupply echelons to the
On 15 February 1944 Braine participated in the Green
Island landing. She steamed into Rabaul Harbor under
enemy fire for night shore bombardment of enemy installations (24-25 February). On 20 March she supported
landings on Emirau Island
Braine spent the ensuing months in escort work and
training for the Marianas invasion.
On 14 June she took part in the bombardment of
Tinian Island and received minor damage from a small
caliber shell but continued operations in the Marianas
until 23 June. After spending almost a month in the
United States she sailed for the Philippines
Harbor. Braine rendered fire support during the Leyte
landings (20 October) and repelled an enemy air attack
on 18 November. From 4 to 15 January 1945 she participated in the Lingayen Gulf landings.
Braine then proceeded to Manila Bay to support landings on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor (14-28 February 1946). She served as a radar picket and support ship for the landing forces at Zamboanga and subsequently at Pollack Harbor
Mindanao (17 Mar
April). She took part in the Okinawa operations as a
radar picket ship (16-25 May). On 27 May the destroyer
was hit in quick succession by two suicide planes. The
first hit forward seriously damaging the bridge and the
second hit amidships blowing number two funnel overboard and demolishing the amidships superstructure.
Braine retired to Kerama Retto
emergency repairs; departed 19 June; and arrived in the
United States 19 July 1945.
On 21 July Braine steamed to Boston for repairs and then proceeded to Charleston Navy Yard for inactivation. She was placed out of commission in reserve 26 July 1946 at Charleston.
Recommissioned 6 April 1951
Braine conducted training in the Atlantic and Caribbean and in the spring of
1952 sailed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th
Fleet. In October she returned to duty in coastal waters.
She joined the 6th Fleet again in May 1953 and remained
until October. Between October 1953 and 2 November
1954 she underwent a yard period
training in the Caribbean
and local operations in the
vicinity of Newport. On 30 November 1954 she departed
for the Pacific and became a unit of Cruisers-Destroyers
in mid-December 1954.
Early in January 1966 she proceeded to Yokosuka
and Joined TF 77. Braine participated in the
evacuation of the Tachen Islands in February and later
operated on the Formosa patrol. She returned to the
west coast 19 June 1955.
Braine's next departure from the west coast was on
13 February 1956 to conduct another Western Pacific
cruise. She returned to California 22 July 1956 and has
since operated in the San Diego and San Francisco areas.
Braine earned nine battle stars for her World War II
[Note: The above USS BRAINE (DD-630) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BRAINE (DD-630) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]