DD-745 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Named for: Charles F. Brush
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold to Taiwan 9 December 1969
USS BRUSH (DD-745)
Brush (DD-745) was launched 28 December 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co.
N. Y.; sponsored by
Miss Virginia Perkins
great-granddaughter of Charles Brush; and commissioned 17 April 1944
J. E. Edwards in command.
On 30 August 1944 Brush arrived at Pearl Harbor and after training got underway for Eniwetok
28 September. From Eniwetok she escorted convoys to Ulithi and the Palau Islands.
Serving with the 5th and 3d Fleets she took part in the Leyte operation (5 November-16 December 1944);
Luzon-Formosa-China coast-Nansei Shoto strikes (3-22 January 1945); invasion of Iwo Jima and the
supporting 5th Fleet raids (15 February-5 March)
and Okinawa operation (17 March-27 April)
21 April bombardment of Minami Daito Shima. She retired to Ulithi
where she lay 30
April-10 May before joining the 5th Fleet for the projected invasion of Kyushu
Japan. Brush lay at anchor in
Leyte Gulf from 13 June to 1 July 1945 and then departed for a raid on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. On
22 July Brush and other destroyers of her squadron conducted an anti-shipping sweep near the entrance of
Tokyo Bay. She remained in this area on air-sea rescue duty until 14 September when she steamed into
Tokyo Bay. On 24 September 1945 she left the Far East for the United States.
She arrived at Seattle
15 October 1945 and operated along the west coast until early 1946 when she
departed for Guam. She remained at Guam until 9 March and then steamed to Tsingtao
arriving on the
19th. With the exception of two voyages to the Philippine Islands
she operated in the East China Sea
between Tsingtao and Shanghai until January 1947. Brush returned to Guam 18 January 1947 for repairs.
Repairs completed 16 February 1947
she sailed to San Diego
and Pearl Harbor
arriving 24 March. Until May 1950 Brush remained on the west coast participating in local operations
and type training. In May 1950 she was ordered to the Far East and entered Formosan waters
as a unit of TF 77 on 29 June 1950. She screened the carrier units during the United Nations air strikes
against North Korea and participated in shore bombardment. On 26 September 1950 while shelling the shore
Brush struck a mine
ripping her midships section and breaking her keel. Thirteen men
were killed and 31 injured. Brush received temporary repairs at Japan and returned under her own power to
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
arriving 22 December 1950.
Almost a year later Brush departed on her second Korean cruise. She stopped at Pearl Harbor for one month
and then joined TF 77 for anti-submarine and anti-aircraft duties off Korea until 25 February 1952. In March
Brush was assigned to the Formosan patrol and then participated in hunter-killer exercises off Okinawa. She
returned to Japan 12 April and joined the blockade of Korea's west coast with TF's 95 and 77. She returned to
San Diego 26 June 1952.
Brush operated off the California coast until February 1953 when she commenced her third Korean cruise.
She returned to the United States 30 August. Since September 1953 Brush has operated along the west
coast and has completed three more Far Eastern cruises.
Brush received five battle stars for World War II service and four battle stars for her Korean operations.
[Note: The above USS BRUSH (DD-745) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BRUSH (DD-745) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]