Allied Warships

USS Bristol (ii) (DD 857)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 857 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down5 May 1944 
Launched29 Oct 1944 
Commissioned17 Mar 1945 
End service 

Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 21 November 1969.
Transferred to Taiwan 9 December 1969 being renamed Hua Yang. Hua Yang was stricken and scraped in 1993.


Commands listed for USS Bristol (ii) (DD 857)

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1T/Cdr. Kenneth Pearle Letts, USN17 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Bristol (ii) include:

28 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN), USS Bristol, USS Buck and USS Edison. (1)

29 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), USS Bristol (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Wood, USN), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and FFS Roselys. (2)

13 Jun 1945
USS Bristol depart from San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor.

19 Jun 1945
USS Bristol arrived at Pearl Harbor.

29 Jul 1945
USS Bristol arrived at Guam where she joined TG 30.8.

5 Aug 1945
USS Bristol is damaged in a collision with the tanker USS Ashtabula off Iwo Jima in position 29°00'N, 142°00'E.

Bristol sustained damaged to her bow.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 173/17271
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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