Ben Richard Bronstein--born on 14 April 1915 in Manchester, N.H.--graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1936 and from Tufts College Medical School at Boston in 1940. Dr. Bronstein was appointed Assistant Surgeon with the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) on 4 October 1941. He reported to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard on 6 November; then moved on to Casco Bay, Maine, to await transportation to Argentia, Newfoundland, to meet Jacob Jones (DD-130). He reported on board that destroyer late in December.
While serving as a roving antisubmarine patrol ship off the Delaware Capes on 27 February 1942, Jacob Jones spotted the burning wreckage of the torpedoed tanker R. P. Resor. The destroyer searched the area around the wreckage for survivors and then headed south on patrol. At dawn on 28 February, the undetected German submarine U-578 sank Jacob Jones with at least two torpedoes. Lt.(jg.) Bronstein was lost with the ship.
Bronstein (FF 1037)
Bronstein (FF 1037) was commissioned on 16 Jun 1963 as an DE 1037. She was decommissioned 13 December 1990 and struck from the Navy list on 4 October 1991. Bronstein was disposed of through the Security Assistance Program as a foreign military sale on 12 November 1993.
1 December 2005