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
USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887)
Brinkley Bass (DD-887) was launched 26 May 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp.
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
Harbor and Guam
for duty with Commander
Western Pacific. Upon reporting in the spring of
1946 Brinkley Bass served as mail ship between the naval commands at Shanghai
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
Far East. She participated in Far Eastern Air
Force defense operations
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
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]