USS Bray (DE-709) is seen from the port bow at Bay City, Michigan wearing 32/3D on August 3, 1944. Bray is probably just delivered from the builder, Defoe Shipbuilding; notice the “DE” in front of the hull number. The DEs built by Defoe were built upside-down and then rolled over for launching. Also the radar has been censored from this version of the photo. Photo source: NARA BS 91197.
Another photo of Bray at Bay City, Michigan, on August 3, 1944, from the port stern. Notice the “extra” panel on the stern quarter. Also, even though Bray is a Rudderow class she used the Buckley class drawing to paint this camouflage. This photo shows evidence of the censoring of the radar at the masthead. Photo source: NARA 19-LCM-DE709-1.
Bray again from the stern near Bay City on August 3, 1944, in a photo that shows the “extra” panels on the stern as well as some construction artifact. The radar is still visible in this view. Bray would be commissioned on September 4, 1944. Photo source: NARA BS 91199.
Bray in another stern view this time from starboard near Bay City, Michigan on August 3, 1944. Note that Bray has an HF/DF antenna as well as torpedo tubes but the surface radar has not been installed. Photo source: NARA BS 91198.
USS Bray (DE-709) is seen from the starboard on August 3, 1944, wearing 32/3D near Bay City. Photo source: NARA BS 91196.
A July 11, 1944 speedletter #01996 from Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet (CinCLant) requested BuShips to paint all destroyer escorts under construction and assigned to Atlantic Fleet in camouflage 32/3D.