USS Brennan (DE-13) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II and commissioned in January 1943. She performed anti-submarine and anti-aircraft convoy protection duties in North Atlantic Ocean waters, and was decommissioned in October 1945 at New York Navy Yard and scrapped in 1946.
== Namesake ==
John Joseph Brennan was born on 14 June 1920 in Philadelphia. He attended that LaSalle College and earned a BA degree before enlisting in the United States Naval Reserve on 6 July 1940. He trained on the former battleship USS Wyoming before he terminated his enlistment to accept an appointment as a midshipman in the Naval Reserve on 10 August 1940. Brennan was a member of the first class to be educated at the Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School, New York. He trained for three months at the floating armory that had been created out of the former battleship, USS Illinois, and reported for duty on the Neutrality Patrol on USS Quincy on 29 November 1940.
After serving on Quincy for almost a year, he was detached on 15 December 1941 to join Armed Guard Crew Number 34 at the Armed Guard Center, New York. He reported for duty on 20 December 1941 and on 31 December 1941, received orders detailing him to command the armed guard unit of the freighter Otho. On 3 April 1942, while the ship steamed alone off the eastern seaboard, German submarine U-754 torpedoed and sank Otho. Ensign Brennan was among those killed.
== Construction and commissioning ==
Brennan was laid down on 28 February 1942 at the Mare Island Navy Yard as British destroyer escort Bentinck (BDE-13); launched on 22 August 1942; reallocated to the United States early in January 1943; renamed Brennan on 6 January 1943; and commissioned on 20 January 1943, Lieutenant Commander Harry A. Adams, Jr. in temporary command until relieved the next day by Lieutenant Commander Mark E. Dennett.
== Service history ==
=== World War II ===
Following shakedown training off southern California, Brennan arrived in Miami, Florida on 4 March, to serve as a training ship for student officers and prospective crews of destroyer escorts. She operated in the Florida Strait and in the West Indies for the remainder of her career, frequently touching at ports in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. On 2 May Brennan collided with Gulfmaid in the Florida Strait, causing minor damage to both ships. The damage to Brennan's superstructure was repaired in July when she had an availability in Charleston, South Carolina.
On 15 September 1945 Brennan sailed to the New York Navy Yard to be prepared for inactivation. She was decommissioned there on 9 October, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 24 October 1945. She was sold for scrap in July 1946.
== Awards ==
== See also ==
List of United States Navy ships
== References ==
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
== External links ==
NavSource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive - USS Brennan (DE-13)