BRINKLEY BASS DD 887

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid December 20 1944 as HARRY B. BASS
    Renamed (Date unknown)
    Launched May 26 1945

  1. USS BRINKLEY BASS DD-887
    Commissioned October 1 1945 - Decommissioned December 3 1973

    Struck from Naval Register December 3 1973

  2. CT MARIZ e BARROS D-26 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Sold to Brazil December 3 1973
    Decommissioned by Brazil September 1 1997
    Served as dock side training ship
    Selected to be expended as a surface target
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Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1950-73)

 

Postmarks

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Post Office Established August 15 1945 - Disestablished September 19 1973


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1948-10-27

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19481027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19481027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1956-05-15

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19560515 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19560515 1 Front.jpg

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Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1971-03-16

JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19710316 pm.jpg
JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19710316.jpg

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Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)

1959-11-24

JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19591124 pm.jpg
JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19591124.JPG

USCS Postmark Catalog lists as Type 2t(nu)...but hyphen is clearly visible


 

Locy Type
2#

(Br. #16169)

1946-04-07

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19460407 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19460407 1 Front.jpg

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Locy Type
2#

(Br. #16169)

1946-05-02

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19460502 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19460502 1 Front.jpg

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Locy Type
2#

1951-10-19

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19511019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19511019 1 Back.jpg

From the back of the May 15 1956 cover.


 

Locy Type
9ef(nu)

1946-12-28

JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19461228 pm.jpg
JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19461228.jpg

Favor strike on stamp block


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)

1971-03-16

JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19710316 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett brinkleybass dd887 19710316.jpg

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Locy Type
9efu

1950-07-01

Bunter Brinkley Bass DD 887 19500701 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Brinkley Bass DD 887 19500701 1 front.jpg

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Locy Type
9efu

1956-05-14

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19560514 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19511019 1 Back.jpg

From the back of the May 15 1956 cover.


 

Locy Type
9#

1946-07-20

GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19460720 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BrinkleyBass DD887 19511019 1 Back.jpg

From the back of the May 15 1956 cover.

 

Other Information

BRINKLEY BASS earned 7 Battle Stars (Korea)

NAMESAKE - Harry Brinkley Bass USN (July 4 1916 - August 20 1944)
Bass was appointed a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy on June 11 1934 and graduated on June 2 1938. Appointed Ensign the same day, Ens. Bass reported for duty in USS NEW ORLEANS CA-32, then serving on the west coast, on June 29 1938. Detached from NEW ORLEANS on June 10 1939, he reported to USS FARRAGUT DD-348 two days later. On August 7 1940, Bass departed FARRAGUT to proceed to the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., to begin flight training. He began his tour of duty on August 25 1940. His training lasted until the beginning of 1941. On February 7 1941, Ens. Bass was designated a naval aviator, and on the 20th, he was detached from the Pensacola Air Station. He moved to the Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla., on February 24 for additional instruction before joining Bombing Squadron (VB) 2 in USS LEXINGTON CV-2 on May 14. During the fall of 1941, his ship moved from the west coast to Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. He and his carrier operated from that base for the remainder of LEXINGTON’s career. On December 5 1941, two days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bass was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade} to date from June 2 1941. At the time of the attack, his ship was at sea with Task Force (TF) 12 delivering Marine Corps Vought SB2U-3 Vindicators from VMSB-231 to reinforce the defenses of Midway Island. Following the outbreak of hostilities, he participated in missions against enemy installations and shipping, notably the raid on Lae and Salamaua on the northern coast of New Guinea. He was credited with sinking an enemy ship during those attacks on March 10 l942, an action for which he received The Navy Cross. Later, Lt. (jg.) Bass received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for his part in helping to sink the Japanese small carrier SHOHO on May 7 1942 in The Battle of the Coral Sea. That same battle, however, brought the loss of LEXINGTON. After suffering severe torpedo and bomb damage, she was scuttled by torpedoes from USS PHELPS DD-360. Soon after that engagement, on June 15 1942, Brinkley Bass was promoted to Lieutenant. On the 26th, he was ordered to report to the newly established Fighting Squadron (VF) 29. His squadron was assigned to the escort carrier USS SANTEE CVE-29 and, while assigned to that warship, he and his squadron provided air support for the landings in French Morocco between November 8 and 11. His part in that operation earned him The Silver Star. On December 21 1942, Lt. Bass succeeded to command of VF-29. He and his squadron served in SANTEE for about another year. During that time they escorted convoys and conducted hunter-killer antisubmarine patrols. During the late summer of 1943, SANTEE planes carried out a successful series of actions against German U-boats in the region south of the Azores. For his leadership of VF-29 during that period, Lt. Bass received a letter of commendation and the commendation ribbon. He retained command of VF-29 into the spring of 1944, though the squadron left SANTEE at the end of 1943. On April 11 1944, he assumed command of VF-74, and received his promotion to Lieutenant Commander on the 15th. Late in June, Lt. Comdr. Bass and VF-74 reported on board USS KASAAN BAY CVE-69. That escort carrier departed Quonset Point, R.I., on June 30 and arrived at Oran, Algeria, on July 10. For the next month, his squadron and ship conducted antisubmarine patrols in the Mediterranean and prepared for the invasion of southern France. KASAAN BAY, with Lt. Comdr. Bass and his squadron embarked, departed Valetta, Malta, on August 12 1944 and arrived off the invasion beaches on the 15th. For the next five days, he led his squadron in bombing and strafing runs on enemy positions and supply lines. Lt. Comdr. Bass was killed on August 20 1944 when his plane crashed as a result of enemy action. For that last engagement, he was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Purple Heart, posthumously

 


 

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