- USS Bray (DE-709)
"Bray" (DE-709), a "Rudderow"-class
destroyer escort, was named after Raymond Leon Bray, who was born in Greenville, Texason 1 April 1918. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940. He was killed in action at Gavutu, Solomon Islands,on 7 August 1942. CorporalBray was posthumously awarded the Navy Crossfor extraordinary heroism.
The "Bray" was launched on
15 April 1944at the Defoe Shipbuilding Companyin Bay City, Michigan, sponsored by Mrs. Mattie M. Bray, mother of Corporal Bray; and commissioned on 4 September1944, with CommanderJ. A. Hetherington II, USNR, in command.
"Bray" was assigned to
Escort Division 12, Atlantic Fleet, and during late 1944, participated in anti-submarineoperations off Long Island, and conducted exercises with American submarines. Following repairs at the Boston Navy Yardas a result of a collision with the submarine USS "Cuttlefish" on 8 December, "Bray" reported to Norfolk, Virginia, early in 1945, and conducted training for prospective destroyerand destroyer escortcrews. She later trained with submarine crews off New London, Connecticut, until mid-July 1945. During this period, she also participated in occasional anti-submarine duty along the East coast. On 19 March1945 she steamed to the aid of the coastal minesweeper USS "Heroic", saving her from sinking.
15 Julyand 18 September1945, "Bray" was at Charleston Navy Yardwhere she underwent conversion to a high speed transport. She was reclassified APD-139 on 16 July1945. "Bray" later served as a training ship operating out of Miami, Florida. She arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 7 December1945, and was assigned to the 16th Fleet. She was placed out of commission in reserve on 10 May 1946.
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/06/709.htm navsource.org: USS "Bray"]
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