(DE-327: dp. 1200; 1. 306'; b. 3ff'7"; dr. 12'3"; s. 21 k.;
cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 3 21" TT.; cl. Edsall)
Brister ( DE-327) was launched 24 August 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd, Orange, Tex., sponsored by Mrs. Blanche Brister, mother of Ensign Brister, and commissioned 30 November 1943, Lieutenant Commander L. H. Crosby, USNR, in command.
Between June 1944 and June 1945 Brister made two successful trans-Atlantic escort crossings to Italy and five to the United Kingdom. On 8 June 1945 she departed New York for the Pacific, arriving at San Diego 3 Juls 1945.
Brister departed Pearl Harbor in August 1946 and proceeded to the Far East, arriving in September. She carried out patrol and escort duties in the East China Sea, supporting the occupation of Japan and Korea, until April 1946. She departed Singapore 8 April 1946 and returned to Charleston, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, arriving 30 May. Brister then reported for inactivation and went out of commission in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 4 October 1946.
On 1 September 1955 Brister commenced conversion to a radar picket escort vessel at Charleston Naval Shipyard. She was recommissioned 21 July 1950 as DER~27 and reported to the Atlantic Fleet for duty.