From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Born in New York City, 14 July 1914, Richard Bull enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1938 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1939. Lieutenant (junior grade) Bull was lost 5 February 1942 during action in the Netherlands East Indies. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Bull (DE-52) was built by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.; commissioned 19 May 1943; and transferred under Lend-Lease to the United Kingdom as HMS Bentinck the same day. She was returned to United States' custody 5 January 1946 and sold 26 May 1946.