(DD-654: dp. 2050; l. 376'5"; b. 39'7"; dr. 17'9"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 329; a. 5 5", 10 21" TT.; cl.
Bearss (DD 654) was launched 25 July 1943 by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Ala.;
sponsored by Mrs. Louise Bearss, widow of General Bearss; and commissioned 12 April 1944,
Commander J. A. Webster in command.
Bearss reported to the Pacific Fleet and operated in Hawaiian waters during July 1944. On 9
August 1944 she arrived at Adak, Alaska, and served with TF's 92 and 94 in anti-shipping
sweeps and bombardments in the Kurile Islands, as well as patrolling in the Sea of Okhotsk until
the end of the war. She took part in the bombardments of Matsuwa (21 November 1944, 16
March, and 11-12 June 1945), Suribachi Wan (5 January and 19 May 1945); Kurabu Wan (18
February 1945); and the anti-shipping sweeps (19 May, 25 June, 17-19, 22 July, and 11 August
1945). Bearss arrived at Ominato, Honshu, 8 September 1945 and patrolled along the southern
coast of Hokkaido until returning to the United States. She arrived at Charleston, S. C., 22
December 1945; went into commission in reserve 12 July 1946; and out of commission in
reserve 31 January 1947.
Bearss was recommissioned 7 September 1951 and joined Destroyer Division 322, Destroyer
Squadron 32, Atlantic Fleet. She has since served along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean
on normal peacetime operations. She has made two Mediterranean cruises and one Far Eastern
cruise (April-October 1954) which took her around the world.
Bearss received one battle star for her World War II service.
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