USS Brough DE 148

Boston Harbor photos contributed by Richard Leonhardt

Contributed by Richard O. Armstrong

From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Born in Pueblo, Colo., 15 June 1914, David Aitkens Brough enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1930. He was appointed a Naval Aviator 30 July 1940. Lieutenant (junior grade) Brough died 30 July 1942 as a result of an airplane crash while on active duty with Patrol Squadron 42 in the Aleutian Islands.

(DE-148: dp. 1200: l. 308'; b. 38'7"; dr. 12'3" a. 21 k.; cpl. 188; a. 3 3", 3 21" TT., cl. Edsall)

Brough (DE-148) was launched 10 April 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. Jack Bell, sister of Lieutenant (junior grade) Brough; and commissioned 18 September 1943, Lieutenant Commander K. J. Heartily in command.

After intensive shakedown exercises Brough was assigned to duty escorting Allied shipping to European ports. She engaged in this duty for two years during which time she made 24 Atlantic crossings. Brough was placed out of commission in reserve 22 March 1948 at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

She was recommissioned 7 September 1951 and reported to the Atlantic Fleet. Between 1 December 1951 and March 1952 Brough made three cruises to the Caribbean and then conducted local operations out of Newport, R. I., and Key West, Fla., until the fall of 1952.

Between November 1952 and September 1958 Brough alternated duty between the Fleet Sonar School, Key West and Newport. In addition, she participated in Operation Springboard in the Caribbean (November-December 1958) and in a midshipmen cruise to northern Europe and the Caribbean (9 July-8 September 1956). In September 1956 she commenced operations as a unit of Operation Deep Freeze II. She served as an aircraft picket and weather ship on the approaches to Antarctica during the fly-in of aircraft from New Zealand. On 5 April 1957 Brough returned to Newport.


Interesting article in the Otago Daily Times, April 11, 2010 about Cargill's Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand, with references to USS Brough.

Another article about Cargill's Castle.

And yet another article.