|Namesake:||Robert Earl Brister (missing in action)|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd., Orange, Texas|
|Laid down:||14 June 1943|
|Launched:||24 August 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Blanche Brister, mother of ensign Brister|
|Commissioned:||30 November 1943|
|Reclassified:||21 July 1956 as DER-327|
|Struck:||23 September 1968|
|Fate:||account of fate is not certain as there are various accounts of her fate|
|Type:||Edsall-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m) overall|
|Beam:||36 ft 7 in (11.15 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft 3 in (3.73 m) ax|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
|Complement:||8 officers, 201 enlisted|
Built in Orange, Texas
Brister was laid down on 14 June 1943 at Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd., of Orange, Texas; launched on 24 August 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Blanche Brister, mother of Ensign Brister; and commissioned on 30 November 1943, with Lieutenant Commander L. H. Crosby, USNR, in command.
World War II operations
Between June 1944 and June 1945, Brister made two successful trans-Atlantic escort crossings to Italy and five to the United Kingdom. On 8 June 1945 she departed New York City for the Pacific, arriving at San Diego on 3 July 1945.
Brister departed Pearl Harbor in August 1945 and proceeded to the Far East, arriving there in September. She carried out patrol and escort duties in the East China Sea, supporting the occupation of Japan and Korea, until April 1946. She departed Singapore on 8 April 1946 and returned to Charleston, South Carolina, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, arriving there on 30 May. Brister then reported for inactivation and went out of commission in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 4 October 1946.
Conversion to radar picket ship
On 1 September 1955 Brister commenced conversion to a radar picket escort vessel at Charleston Naval Shipyard. She was recommissioned on 21 July 1956 as DER-327 and reported to the Atlantic Fleet for duty.
While assigned to Operation Market Time near the coastal waters of South Vietnam, she assisted USCGC Point Grey (WPB-82324) and USCGC Point Cypress (WPB-82326) in destroying a North Vietnamese trawler attempting to smuggle arms and ammunition into the country.
Brister was stricken 23 September 1968.
3 November 1971: Sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Larzelere, Alex; The Coast Guard at War, Vietnam 1965-1975, Naval Institute Press, 1997, ISBN 1-55750-529-2, p. 61