Brackett DE-41

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Brackett DE-41


Born in Seattle, Wash., 16 October 1915, Bruce Godfrey Brackett was appointed Ensign in the Naval Reserve in 19-39. On 29 March 1940 he was appointed Naval Aviator. Lieutenant Brackett was killed in action In the South Pacific 15 January 1943.

(DE-41: dp. 1140; 1. 289'5"; b. 35'1"; dr. 11'; s. 21 k.;
cpl. 156; a. 3 3"; cl. Evart8)

Brackett (DE-41) was launched I August 1943 by Puget Bound Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. George G. Brackett, mother of Lieutonant Brackett; and commissioned 18 October 1943, Lieutenant J. H. Roskilly , Jr., USNR, in command.

On 21 December 1943 Brackett steamed to Pearl Harbor for duty with the Pacific Fleet. Until 27 June 1945 Brackett operated among the Marshalls, Gilberts, Carolines, Admiralties, and Marianas escorting convoys, patrolling, and with hunter-killer groups. She supported the occupation of Majuro Atoll (29 January-7 February 1944) ; the capture,and occupation of Saipan (28-29 July 1944) ; and the 5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa operations (26 March-June 1945).

Returning to San Francisco 14 July 1945, Brackett commenced her pre inactivation overhaul. She was decommissioned 23 November 1945 and sold 22 May 1947.

Brackett received three battle stars for her World War II service.


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