< Richard S. Bull DE-402

Richard S. Bull DE-402


Richard S. Bull

(DE-402: dp. 1,745 (f.); 1. 306'; b. 36'7"; dr. 13'4"; s. 24 k.;
cpl. 222; a. 2 5", 4 40mm., 10 20mm., 2 dct., 9 dcp.,
3 21" tt.; cl. John C. Butler)

Richard S. Bull (DE-402) was laid down ]8 August ]94:3 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex., launched ]6 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Richard S. Bull, Sr.; and commissioned 26 February 1944, Lt. Comdr. A. W. Gardes in command.

Following shakedown off Bermuda, Richard S. Bull departed Boston 6 May 1944, and proceeded via the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor, arriving on the 30th. Reaching Eniwetok 27 June, she escorted Long Island (CVEl-l) and other escort carriers to Pearl Harbor, arriving 5 July.

Returning to Eniwetok, she joined a task force including Sangamon (CVE-26) on 6 August. Arriving at Manus on the 13th, she supported the landings on Morotai 15 September. Departing Manus, she protected carrier forces supporting the landings on Leyte 20 October. She rescuecl a fighter pilot from Chenango (CVE-28) on the 22d.

During the Battle off Samar on the 25th, she operated in group "Taffy One," about 130 miles south of the main Japanese attack upon "Taffy Three." Following a kamikaze attack upon Taffy One, she rescued 24 men from Suu~anee (CVE-27). On the 29th Richard S. Bull discovered and rescued 139 survivors of Eversole (DE-404), sunk by Japanese submarine 7-46 off Dinagat Island, Philippine Islands. Nearby, Whitehurst (DE-534) sank 1-~6.

After transferring the Eversole survivors to Bountiful (AH9), at Kossol Roads, Palau Island she proceeded with escort carriers from Manus to Pearl Harbor, arriving 19 November. After escorting Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) to arrival at Manus 22 December, she departed with Marcas Island (CVE-77), and proceeded via Leyte to the landings 9 January 1945 at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Proceeding via Ulithi and Saipan, she rescued three aviators from Natoma Bay (CVE-62) on 17 February, and then protected escort carriers supporting the landings on Iwo Jima on the lOth Departing the Iwo Jima area 10 March, she proceeded via Guam and Ulithi to the Okinawa Gunto.

From 1 April to 16 May she protected escort carriers supporting assault forces on bkinawa. Returning 2 June from Saipan, she continued to guard carrier air operations against Okinawa. Voyaging with Sargent Bay (CVE-83) to arrival at Leyte 23 June, she joined the Philippine Sea Frontier, escorting convoys to Morotai, Hollandia, and Ulithi. She provided medical treatment 30 August to casualties aboard S.S. Peter White, damaged by a mine in the northern Philippines. Following convoy escort duty from Leyte to Ulithi and Okinawa she departed Leyte 14 October, and steamed via Eniwetok an] Pearl Harbor to San Diego, arriving 6 November.

She entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet in March 1946, and remained in the Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy list 30 June 1968, and sunk as a target.

Richard S. Bull received five battle stars for World War II service.