I will be posting summaries of the Bryant as written by Captain Seay. These will come as excerpts as he wrote them. The first follows:
S. S. BRYANT (DD 665)
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES OF USS BRYANT (DD-665) BEGINNING WITH THE
AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT ON SAIPAN.
- Amphibious assault on SAIPAN AND TINIAN, Marianas Islands,
12 June to 2 August, 1944.
During the assault on SAIPAN AND TINIAN this vessel was a unit of DesDiv 112 and DesRon 56 operating with Amphibious Force, Admiral R.K. TURNER, USN, Force Commander in accordance with CominCH dispatch 160527 of May, 1944.
During the earlier stages of this operations (sic), this ship was engaged largely in screening and radar picket duties. The most rigorous single action engaged in was the strong dusk attack delivered by an estimated fifty to sixty enemy aircraft against Task Force 52.11.2 on 17 June, 1944. The nature of this action was such that positive claim of specific damage by a single unit seems inappropriate, however, there is no doubt that the gunfire of this ship contributed to the destruction of enemy planes which failed to pierce the screen and to the repulse of others. Just prior to this action, this vessel rescued the pilot and two crewmen of a TBF of the USS KALININ BAY. On 3 July 1944, 456 rounds of effective neutralizing fire was delivered by this vessel against enemy installations on east central SAIPAN preceding the final assault on that island. One gun emplacement was observed to be destroyed. On 19 July 1944, 199 rounds of white phosphorous were delivered on wooded sections of TINIAN during which a large enemy supply dump was set ablaze and destroyed. At 0800 on 24 July this vessel relieved the USS NORMAN SCOTT in fire support sector three when she was hit and severely damaged by shore batteries. At dawn on 29 July 1944, a PBN was sighted in the water about 40 miles west of SAIPAN. It had made a forced landing because of engine trouble. The ship also assisted in repelling numerous enemy air raids directed against the transport area and engaged enemy aircraft night after night on radar picket stations. The commanding officer, Commander P. L. HIGH, USN was awarded the Bronze Star for this operation.