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USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1973

DD-887 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1943 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1944 - Keel Date: 20 DEC 1944
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
MAY 1945 - Launch Date: 26 MAY 1945
OCT 1945 - Commissioned: 1 OCT 1945
MAY 1950 - MAY 1960 West Pac
MAR 1955 - MAR 1959 Dry Dock
SEP 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1956 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1961 - JUN 1963 West Pac
APR 1964 - AUG 1964 Dry Dock
JAN 1965 - MAY 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - APR 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - MAY 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - JAN 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - DEC 1970 West Pac
JAN 1970 - JUL 1970 West Pac
JAN 1970 - AUG 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1970 - JAN 1971 West Pac
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1972 - SEP 1973 Home ported in Tacoma WA as reserve trainer
DEC 1973 - DEC 1973 Sold to Brazil
DEC 1973 - Decommissioned: 3 DEC 1973
JAN 2000 - JAN 2000 Bass was used for target practice. Sank 100 miles off Brazil.

DD-887 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: Harry Brinkley Bass

Complement: 345 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2425 tons

Length: 390 feet 6 inches

Beam: 40 feet 10 inches

Flank Speed: 34 Knots

Final Disposition: Transferred to Brazil on 3 December 1973


Brinkley Bass (DD-887) was launched 26 May 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp. Ltd. Orange Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. Percy Bass mother of Lieutenant Commander Bass and commissioned 1 October 1945 Commander P. W. Winston in command.

Brinkley Bass conducted her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean and then proceeded to San Diego for duty with the Pacific Fleet arriving February 1946. From San Diego she proceeded to Shanghai China via Pearl Harbor and Guam for duty with Commander Naval Forces Western Pacific. Upon reporting in the spring of 1946 Brinkley Bass served as mail ship between the naval commands at Shanghai Tsingtao and Hong Kong.

She returned to San Diego in February 1947 and during the spring participated in extensive training exercises off southern California and underwent a yard overhaul. Brinkley Bass departed San Diego in February 1948 for her second tour of the Far East. She returned to California in October 1948 and spent the winter operating out of San Diego.

In November 1949 she reported to Commander Naval Forces Far East. She participated in Far Eastern Air Force defense operations conducted training and patrolled in Tsushima Strait. She returned to the United States in June 1950.

On 6 November 1950 Brinkley Bass departed San Diego in company with Destroyer Division 52 and proceeded to the Korean war zone. On 25 November she joined TF 77 for support of carrier operations off the east coast of Korea. During one period of 53 days she remained constantly at sea. On 16 May 1951 she reported to TF 95 or duty with the Wonsan Harbor Bombardment Element. During 30 days of operations at Wonsan Harbor she was engaged in frequent bombardments of enemy shore installations inflicting great damage. On 20 May 1951 while engaged at Wonsan Harbor Brinkley Bass was hit by shells from enemy shore batteries which killed one and wounded nine of her crew.

Destroyer Division 52 was relieved on station at Wonsan 27 June. On 18 July Brinkley Bass after a most successful combat cruise proceeded homeward to San Diego arriving 6 August. Brinkley Bass completed another Far Eastern tour during January-26 August 1952. Between 18 April 1953 and January 1954 she conducted another Far Eastern tour during which she spent most of her time underway with TF's 77 and 95 with a few brief interruptions such as the Formosa Patrol Wonsan Shore Bombardment Element and hunter-killer exercises.

Since that time Brinkley Bass has completed three more Western Pacific cruises ending her eighth deployment early in 1957. She received seven battle stars for her Korean service.

[Note: The above USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]