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USS BEALE (DD-471 / DDE-471)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAWC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ENCHANT

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY December 19 1941.
Launched August 24 1942 and commissioned December 23 1942.
Decommissioned April 11 1946 and recommissioned January 2 1951.
Reclassified DDE-471 January 2 1951, reverted To DD-471 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned September 30 1968.
Stricken October 1 1968.
Fate Sunk as target off Virginia June 24 1969.

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Beale 30kEdward Fitzgerald Beale was born in Washington, D.C., on 4 February 1822 and was appointed to the Naval School at Philadelphia on 14 December 1836, and received his warrant as a passed midshipman on 1 July 1842. In July 1846, while he was serving in the frigate Congress in California waters, war between the United States and Mexico erupted. Beale went ashore at recently captured San Diego as part of a small force sent to guide Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny's 1st Dragoons to that port. The two forces succeeded in the rendezvous; but, on the return trip, fought sharp battles on 7 and 8 December and ended up surrounded by a larger Mexican force. Beale and Kit Carson volunteered to slip through the Mexican lines to summon help from the San Diego garrison. Beale reached San Diego 27 hours later, and Carson came in the following morning. A relief column of 200 men went out, rescued Kearny's force, and escorted it back to San Diego. In February 1847, Beale--in company with Kit Carson and a small troop--set out overland across the North American continent and delivered his dispatches to Washington in June of that year. In 1848 and 1849, he made six journeys between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Promoted to master on 1 August 1849 and to lieutenant on 28 February 1850, Beale resigned on 5 March 1852 to accept an appointment as superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and Nevada. In the ensuing years, he conducted a number of surveys of railroad and wagon routes in the far west. He became Surveyor General of California in 1861 and at the end of the Civil War, retired to his ranch near the present day site of Bakersfield, Calif. In 1876, President Grant appointed him minister to the Austro Hungarian Empire; and, after holding that office for about a year, Beale returned to retirement. Edward Beale died in Washington on 22 April 1893. USAF Photo.Bill Gonyo
Beale 82kArtist's conception of the Beale as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Beale 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Beale by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Beale 149kUndated, location unknown.James Clark
Beale 89kUndated, location unknown.James Clark
Beale 103kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of Captain Comet.Robert Eric Comet Jr.
Beale 84kPhoto #: NH 103729. USS Beale (DD-471) sponsor, Miss Nancy Beale, prepares to christen the ship, during launching ceremonies at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Staten Island, New York, 24 August 1942. Also present is Commander R.C. Bell, USN. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Beale 84kThe USS Beale (DD-471) at the time of her delivery to the USN, 22 December 1942. At this time she was armed with two twin 40mm and 4-20mm guns as her AA armament.Rick E. Davis
Beale 86kA halftone reproduction photograph of the USS Beale (DD-471) taken circa 1942-1943. This image as been heavily retouched by the wartime censor, eliminating radar antennas on Beale's mast and Mark 37 gun director (USN photo No NH 103709).Robert Hurst
Beale 138kThe USS Beale (DD-471) undergoing an inclining experiment at New York NY, 9 March 1943, after the upgrading to the three twin 40mm gun mounts and 11-20mm guns which was becoming the standard for Fletcher class at that time. Ships in the background are probably a Royal Navy Leander class CL and the French battleship Richelieu.Rick E. Davis
Beale 147kThis is a small personal photo found in the Beale's NA 19LCM folder. Captures an operational moment and her camouflage pattern, most likely in October or November 1944 in the Philippines.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Beale 46kSeen in a Fire Support zone off the Northern Leyte landing beaches, October 20, 1944. View from USS Harrison by Tom McCann. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 21d.John Chiquoine
Beale 249kUSS Beale (DD-471), with escort carrier USS Barnes (CVE-20) and the light cruiser USS Detroit (CL-8) at San Francisco, December 25 1944. Photo taken from "U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.Robert Hurst
Beale 86kThe USS Beale (DD-471) 13 January 1945 at San Francisco after her upgrade to the five twin 40mm gun mounts and seven 20mm standard for Fletcher class destroyers.Rick E. Davis
Beale 164kUSS Beale (DD-471), a plan view forward taken at the Hunters Point Naval Drydocks, San Francisco, California, 13 January 1945. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 103757.Robert Hurst
Beale 199kUSS Beale, a plan view aft taken at the Hunters Point Naval Drydocks, San Francisco, California, 13 January 1945. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship. USS Oakland (CL-95) is in the background, at the top of the image. two Landing Craft Mechanised (LCM) are passing by in the foreground, in the lower centre. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 103758.Robert Hurst
Beale 126kJuly 1953 with the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Eaton (DD-510) and USS Bache (DD-470).Mitch Rycus
Beale 104kOur Navy Magazine, First of September 1954.Stanley Svec
Beale 79kCirca 1959 on a deployment from the United Kingdom to Australia. Photo by Mark's grandfather. From Left to right: probably the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Massey (DD-778), USS Benham (DD-796), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Eaton (DD-510).Mark Tylinski
Beale 144kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) Steams in formation with other units of Task Force ALFA, during anti-submarine exercises in the Atlantic, 1959. The other ships present are (from left): USS Murray (DDE-576), USS Beale (DDE-471), USS Bache (DDE-470), USS Eaton (DDE-510), USS Conway (DDE-507), USS Cony (DDE-508) and USS Waller (DDE-466). Photograph was released for publication on 3 August 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Beale 91kTask Group ALFA, formation portrait of the anti-submarine group's ships and aircraft, taken during 1959 exercises in the Atlantic, while Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke was embarked. Ships include the group flagship, USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) in center, two submarines, and seven destroyers. Identifiable among the latter are USS Eaton (DDE-510) at left front, USS Beale (DDE-471) following Eaton, USS Waller (DDE-466) in the center foreground, and USS Conway (DDE-507) at right front. Aircraft overhead include two formations of S2F "Trackers" from the Valley Forge air group, plus one shore-based P2V "Neptune" from Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia. Two HSS-1 helicopters are flying low, directly over the submarines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Beale 105kAs above, different view.Fred Weiss
Beale 71kPhoto #: NH 103713. USS Beale (DD-471) underway at sea during the 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Beale 117kUSS Beale, underway at sea, circa the 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 103715.Robert Hurst
Beale 129kUSS Beale phtographed from the flight deck of USS Randolph (CVS-15), 1960.Tom Twiggs
Beale 102kPhoto #: NH 67963. Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Eight Commanding officers of the squadron's ships display their Anti-Submarine Warfare "A" awards in a ceremony held on board one of the DesRon28 destroyers, circa the late 1950s or early 1960s. Flanking them are Vice Admiral Edmund B. Taylor, Commander Anti-Submarine Defense Force, Atlantic Fleet (at left) and Rear Admiral Frederick V.H. Hilles, Commander Destroyer Flotilla 4 (at right). The DesRon28 insignia is in the foreground. Those holding the "A" awards are (from left to right): Commander George R. Bryan, Commanding Officer, USS Conway (DDE-507); Commander David A. Johnson, Commanding Officer, USS Beale (DDE-471); Commander Frank C. Dunham, Commanding Officer, USS Cony (DDE-508); Commander Ralph F. Monger, Commanding Officer, USS Murray (DDE-576); Commander James L. Rothermel, Commanding Officer, USS Waller (DDE-466); and Captain Arthur G. Esch, Commanding Destroyer Division 282, who accepted the award on behalf of USS Eaton (DDE-510), three time winner of the "A" award. Photograph received from USS Waller, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Beale 64kUSS Beale steaming in New York Harbour, circa the 1960's (USN Photo No NH 103714).Robert Hurst
Beale 98kUSS Beale underway at sea, circa the 1960's (USN Photo No NH 103716).Robert Hurst
Beale 304kAugust 28 1961, USS Beale (DDE-471) and USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) serenade each other during refueling.Ed Zajkowski
Beale 81kIn Genoa on May 2 1964.Carlo Martinelli
Beale 83kUSS Beale underway at sea, 21 July 1964. photographed by Airman Darrell L. Johnson (USN Photo No NH 103710).Robert Hurst
Beale 42kChesapeke Bay, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Beale 50kNOB Norfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Beale 107kUSS Beale underway in harbour, 27 October 1964. Taken by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class G.A. Carpenter (USN Photo No NH 103711).Robert Hurst
Beale 402kConference/meeting with Navy and Coast Guard Officers circa 1965-1967. If you know the exact date/location/purpose please let us know. Captain Comet, from his collection, is in the front row 5th from the left.Robert Eric Comet Jr.
Beale 66kUSS Beale (DD-471) photographed from directly astern while steaming in the vicinity of Norfolk, Virginia, 26 November 1965. Taken by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Blankinship. of Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia (Photo No NH 103717).Robert Hurst
Beale 77kUSS Beale (DD-471) underway off Subic Bay, philippines, during a naval gunfire support mission in July 1966. She began operations on the Vietman War "gunline" late in that month (USN Photo No NH 103712).Robert Hurst
Beale 78kPhoto #: NH 103720. USS Beale (DD-471) scene in the ship's combat information center. Possibly taken during Beale's 1966 Vietnam war operations. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Beale 94kCirca 1967, location unknown.Marc Piché
Beale 78kShip's patch.Thomas F. Bolin CTO1 USN ret.
Beale 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Beale 19kShip's patch.Dave Myerly
Beale 53kShip's patch.Dave Myerly
Beale 55kShip's patch.Dave Myerly
Beale 57kShip's patch.Dave Myerly
Beale 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS BEALE DD-471 / DDE-471 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joe Brice Cochran    Dec 23 1942 - Sep 10 1944
CDR Doyle Murray Coffee    Sep 10 1944 - Jun 19 1945
LCDR Allen Bouldin Register    Jun 19 1945 - Apr 11 1946
(Decommissioned Apr 11 1946 - Jan 11 1951)
CDR Frank Hoblitzell Price Jr.    Jan 11 1951 - Jan 1953 (Later VADM)
CDR Robert Hastings White    Jan 1953 - 1956
CDR Jerome Henry (Jerry) King Jr.    1956 - 1958 (Later VADM)
CDR William (Bill) James Ruhe    1958 - Nov 1959
CDR David Alan Johnson    Nov 1959 - Jun 1961
CDR Ronald Eugene Gill    Jun 1961 - 1962    
CDR Robert James Loomis    Jun 1961 - May 1963
CDR Frank Winston Corley Jr.    May 1963 - 1964
CDR John William Peterson    1964 - Jun 23 1965
CDR Robert Eric Comet Sr.    Jun 23 1965 - Aug 10 1967
CDR Donald Wayne Jones    Aug 10 1967 - Sep 30 1968

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: LeRoy Thurn
Address: 6509 School Street, PO Box 252, Finlayson MN 55735
Phone: (320) 233-7340
E-mail: ldretired@frontier.com


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