USS Bray (DE-709)

USS Bray (DE-709)

"Bray" (DE-709), a "Rudderow"-class destroyer escort, was named after Raymond Leon Bray, who was born in Greenville, Texas on 1 April 1918. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940. He was killed in action at Gavutu, Solomon Islands,on 7 August 1942. Corporal Bray was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism.

The "Bray" was launched on 15 April 1944 at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan, sponsored by Mrs. Mattie M. Bray, mother of Corporal Bray; and commissioned on 4 September 1944, with Commander J. A. Hetherington II, USNR, in command.

"Bray" was assigned to Escort Division 12, Atlantic Fleet, and during late 1944, participated in anti-submarine operations off Long Island, and conducted exercises with American submarines. Following repairs at the Boston Navy Yard as 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 destroyer and destroyer escort crews. 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 March 1945 she steamed to the aid of the coastal minesweeper USS "Heroic", saving her from sinking.

Between 15 July and 18 September 1945, "Bray" was at Charleston Navy Yard where she underwent conversion to a high speed transport. She was reclassified APD-139 on 16 July 1945. "Bray" later served as a training ship operating out of Miami, Florida. She arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 7 December 1945, and was assigned to the 16th Fleet. She was placed out of commission in reserve on 10 May 1946.


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