Allied Warships

USS Richard S. Bull (DE 402)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 402 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down18 Aug 1943 
Launched16 Nov 1943 
Commissioned26 Feb 1944 
End serviceMar 1946 

Decommissioned in March 1946.
Stricken 30 June 1968.
Sunk as a target off the coast of California 24 June 1969.


Commands listed for USS Richard S. Bull (DE 402)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Alfred Wiltz Gardes, Jr., USN26 Feb 194420 Nov 1944
2Lcmdr Frederick Strong Moseley, USNR20 Nov 19447 Nov 1945
3Lt.Cdr. James Reed Gattmann, USNR7 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Richard S. Bull include:

28 Oct 1944
USS Eversole was sunk in Leyte Gulf in position 10°18'N, 127°37'E after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-45 (offsite link). 139 survivors, most of them wounded, were picked up by USS Richard S. Bull.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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