Allied Warships

USS Bull (DE 693)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 693 
Built byDefoe Boat and Marine Works. (Bay City, Michigan, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Oct 1942 
Laid down14 Dec 1942 
Launched25 Mar 1943 
Commissioned12 Aug 1943 
End service31 May 1946 

Converted to a High-speed Transport and redesignated as APD-78 on 31 July 1944.
Decommissioned 31 May 1946, at San Diego, California.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 1 April 1964.
Sold in 1965 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Bull (DE 693)

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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

1Duane Wesley Farnham, USNR12 Aug 194312 Dec 1943
2John Barry McLaughlin, USNR12 Dec 19439 Feb 1944
3Egbert Roscoe Ferguson, Jr., USNR9 Feb 194421 Mar 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Merritt Berner, USNR21 Mar 194515 Aug 1945
5Francis Bowman Rauch, Jr., USNR15 Aug 1945Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Bull include:

16 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Towy (Cdr. M.J Evans, OBE, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), USS Bull, USS Schmitt and USS Frament. (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin


  1. ADM 173/17788

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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