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USS MOALE (DD-693)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTMY

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STORM HAWK

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. August 5 1943.
Launched January 16 1944 and commissioned February 28 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1961.
Featured in the Bigfoot Entertainment/Daniel Foster documentary - USS Cooper: Return to Ormoc Bay
which is available at http://www.usscooper.com.
Decommissioned July 2 1973.
Stricken July 2 1973.
Fate Sold November 13 1974 to Brownsville Steel, TX for $150,000 and broken up for scrap.
2 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Moale 151kLt. Edward Moale, Jr., born at Little Rock, Ark., 10 September 1866, was appointed a naval cadet in 1882 and commissioned an ensign, 1 July 1889. As an officer on board gunboat Helena in 1898, he took part in operations against Spanish land and naval forces at Santiago de Cuba, including the naval battle of 3 July. Helena subsequently sailed east, around the Cape of Good Hope, and across the Indian Ocean to the Philippines. There, Lieutenant Moale participated in operations, off northern Luzon, to assist the U.S. Army during the Philippine Insurrection, 1890-1900. Lieutenant Moale later served in Scindia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn, He died 23 October 1903, at Baltimore, Md., from illness contracted during land operations in the Cagayan Valley swamps in 1899. Photo #: NH 91970. USS Vandalia (1876-1889) ship's officers posed on deck, while she was flagship of the Pacific Station, circa 1888. Photographed at Honolulu, Hawaii. Those present are Seated, left to right: Lieutenant John C. Wilson; Chief Engineer George J. Burnap; Lieutenant James W. Carlin; Captain Henry L. Howison, Commanding Officer; Paymaster Frank H. Arms; Surgeon Hosea J. Babin; and Lieutenant Charles E. Fox. Standing, left to right: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Horace M. Witzel; Passed Assistant Engineer Alexander B. Bates; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas M. Brumby; Naval Cadet Harold K. Hines; Naval Cadet Samuel P. Edmunds; Naval Cadet Edward Moale, Jr.; Naval Cadet Charles E. Johnston; Naval Cadet Samuel B. Winram; Lieutenant Hawley O. Rittenhouse; Carpenter Joseph B. Fletcher; Assistant Surgeon Francis W.F. Wieber; Naval Cadet George F. Cooper; Ensign Charles E. Sweeting; Lieutenant Greenlief A. Merriam; First Lieutenant George F. Elliott, USMC; Pay Clerk John Roche; Assistant Engineer Walter M. McFarland; and Naval Cadet William G. McMillan. Paymaster Arms and Pay Clerk Roche lost their lives when Vandalia was sunk in the 15-16 March 1889 hurricane at Apia, Samoa. Collection of Lieutenant Edward Moale, Jr. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Moale 154kArtist's conception of the Moale as built in a cutaway view 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
Moale 94kArtist's conception of the Moale as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul 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
Moale 81kUndated, location unknown.-
Moale 51kUndated, location unknown.Morton Richman
Moale 56kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic News, Fall River, MA.Mike Smolinski
Moale 165kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Moale 166kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Moale 127kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moale 144kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moale 168kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moale 147kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moale 112kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stockham 67kUndated, at Monaco.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Moale 96kUSN Photo NH 95259: Mindoro Invasion, December 1944. USS LST-738 burning after she was hit by a Kamikaze off the Mindoro landing beaches, 15 December 1944. USS Moale (DD 693) is nearby. Note hole in LST-738's starboard side, just forward of the large "738" painted there. Smoke in the left distance may be from LST-472, which was also hit by the Kamikaze attack. Collection of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 9d.Joe Radigan
Moale 109kPhoto of Journalist Ernie Pyle being transferred to USS Moale by Boatswain's Chair from USS Cabot, a small carrier. This was sometime in winter or early spring 1945. Bill Britigan
Moale 141kCirca 1954 after her return from an around-the-world cruise.Richard Novosel
Moale 167kCirca mid 1950's, location unknown.Richard Novosel
Moale 173kCirca mid 1950's, location unknown.Richard Novosel
Moale 188kCirca mid 1950's, location unknown.Richard Novosel
Moale 144k1961 photo of the Moale as rebuilt in a typical Sumner class FRAM II reconstruction. While she retains all three 5"/38 twin mounts and her forward dual-purpose director, she has been equipped with a DASH system, long, deckhouse enclosed, torpedo tubes with light-weight Mk 32 tubes atop the deckhouse and new variable depth transducers and sonars.-
Moale 140kAs above.Michael Cosgrove CDR, CEC, (ret)
Moale 242kAs above.Michael Cosgrove CDR, CEC, (ret)
Moale 84kCirca 1951-1952 taken from USS Robert K. Huntington by Carmen J. Costa.Carmen S. Costa
Moale 79kCirca 1951-1952 taken from USS Robert K. Huntington by Carmen J. Costa.Carmen S. Costa
Moale 207kJune 13 1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Moale 209kUSS Casade (AD 16) with USS Charles S. Sperry (DD 697), USS Moale (DD 693) and USS Pompon (SSR 267) along side. Ships in the background in include left to right: USS Randolph (CVA 15), USS Waccamaw (AO 69), USS Mississinewa (AO 144) and two other auxiliaries I can't ID. All at anchor some place in the Mediterranean on September 12, 1956.Darryl Baker
Moale 136kUSS Moale (DD-693) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Mediterranean, Fall 1962.Roy Williams
Moale 41kPortsmouth, England 1964.Butch Wentz
Moale 138kStarboard view of the USS Moale (DD-693) circa 1965 at an unknown location. The Moale completed a FRAM II modernization in December, 1961. At this time the 6-3” guns and 5-21” torpedo battery was replaced by DASH facilities, variable depth sonar (VBS) and ASW torpedo tubes, while retaining all three of her 5”/38 dual mounts. From the 1967-68 Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green
Moale 120kBoston Naval Shipyard, June 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Moale 120kGrand Canyon (AD-28), at Newport RI in 1966 with five destroyers alongside. Destroyers moored alongside include Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850), USS Moale (DD-693), William R. Rush (DD-714), Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708), and two unidentified ships. © Richard Leonhardt/Stephen Sue
Moale 61kMediterranean Sea., June 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Moale 81kMediterranean Sea., June 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Moale 177kUSS Moale (DD-693), Michael's first ship (he was MPA and then Chief Engineer) at her final berth at Fort Schuyler, New York. Photo from September or October 1971.Michael Cosgrove CDR, CEC, (ret)
Moale 177kMichael inside one of Moale's boilers.Michael Cosgrove CDR, CEC, (ret)
Moale 76kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Moale 38kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Moale 22kShip's Zippo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Walter Manly Foster    Feb	28 1944 - May 8 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Charles Malaher Lyons Jr.    May 8 1945 - May 20 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Power Walker    May 20 1945 - Jan 18 1947
CDR Jay Valentine Chase    Jan 18 1947 - Feb 14 1948
CDR John McGavock Grider    Feb 14 1948 - Mar 7 1949
CDR Emery Harrison Huff    Mar 7 1949 - Nov 21 1950
CDR John Edwin Johansen    Nov 21 1950 - Dec 17 1951
CDR Thomas John LaForest    Dec 17 1951 - Dec 17 1953
CDR Edward Revis Hunt    Dec 17 1953 - Jul 8 1955
CDR Charles Raymond Calhoun Jr.    Jul 8 1955 - Jul 6 1956
CDR Leslie Hale Sell    Jul 6 1956 - Jan 27 1958 (Later RADM)
CDR William Aaron Spalding Jr.    Jan 27 1958 - Oct 1 1959
CDR Russell Delavan Ward    Oct 1 1959 - Apr 1 1961
CDR Charles Edward Delaney    Apr 1 1961 - Apr 27 1963
CDR Martin M. Zenni    Apr 27 1963 - Jul 2 1965
CDR Forrest Ray Degler Jr.    Jul 2 1965 - Sep 7 1967
CDR Jack (Black Jack) Scoville    Sep 7 1967 - Oct 23 1969
CDR James Kenneth Beates    Oct 23 1969 - Aug 10 1971
CDR Arthur Raymond Ellingwood Jr.    Aug 10 1971 - Mar 30 1973
CDR Robert Eugene Pedigo    Mar 30 1973 - May 1973
LCDR Edward Franklin Sclichter    May 1973 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Moale III
Address: PO Box 156, Duluth, GA 30095
Phone: (770) 476-2077
E-mail: ussmoale@gmail.com

Battle of Ormoc Bay Association
Contact Name: John Moale III
E-mail: ussmoale@gmail.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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