Born in Washington, D.C., 2 August 1897, Francis Joseph Bridget graduated from the Academy in 1921. He was designated a Naval Aviator 13 April 1929. He was serving on the staff of Commander, Patrol Wing 10, when the Japanese attacked the Philippines 8 December 1941. Following the attack he joined the American forces on Bataan and was taken prisoner. Captain Bridget was killed 15 December 1944 when a Japanese prison ship in which he was embarked was sunk off Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
(DE 1024): dp. 1280; l. 314'6"; b. 36'9"; dr. 20'; s. 25 k.; cpl. 170; cl. Dealey)
Bridget (DE 1024) was lunched 25 April 1956 by Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, Wash.; sponsored by Mr. Francis J. Bridget, widow of Captain Bridget; and commissioned 24 October 1957, Lieutenant Commander J. B. Haines in command.
Update for 1957 to 1973 pending.
Bridget was struck from the Navy list on 12 November 1973 and sold for scrap on 1 September 1974.
6 December 2005