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USS Martin (DE 30)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - Q - L
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Martin (DE 30) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 November 1942: Keel laid as BDE-30 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 18 May 1943: Launched, sponsored by Mrs. Joseph E. Flynn
  • 16 June 1943: Redesignated DE 30
  • 23 June 1943: Renamed Martin
  • 04 September 1943: Commissioned at 10:00 by Captain F. W. Scanland, USN, representing the Commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard; Lt. Paul E. Warfield, USNR, in command
  • 10 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 May 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Wilmington Transportation Co., Wilmington, Cal.
  • 03 June 1946: Delivered for scrapping
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    106k 18 May 1943: Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Martin (DE 30) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right: Lcdr. Joseph E. Flynn, Mrs. Walter A. Moore, Miss Kathleen Moore, Capt F. G. Crisp, Mrs. Joseph E. Flynn (Sponsor), Radm. Wilhelm L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Miss Patricia Flynn (Maid of Honor), Capt W. E. Malloy, Mrs. W. E. Malloy.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-3700-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    106k 18 May 1943: Radm. Wilhelm L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant) presents the bottle of champaign sponsor of USS Martin (DE 30) at Mare Island. Left to right: Radm W. L. Friedell, Lcdr. Joseph E. Flynn, Mrs. Joseph E. Flynn (Sponsor), and Miss Patricia Flynn (Maid of Honor).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-3701-43)
    253k 18 May 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - Martin sliding down the ways after being christened.

    (U.S. Navy Photo NARA San Bruno)
    106k 02 July 1943: Martin is seen at her outfitting berth at Mare Island Navy Yard. The USS Stadtfeld (DE 29) is forward of Martin.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-4824-43)
    57k March / April 1944: Bow on view of USS Martin (DE 30) at an unidentified location, probably Noumea. The ship is painted in camouflage scheme MS31/1D.

    (U.S. Navy Bureau of Shipping Photo #BS 131011 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Martin History
    View the USS Martin (DE 30) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Martin as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Martin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Sep. 1943 - 24 Aug. 1944Lt./Lcdr. Paul Emerson Warfield, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 24 Aug. 1944 - 19 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Raymond William McCallister Jr. (Decomm. CO) (Mid'n Sch. '41) (Louisiana, Mo.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Thomas B. (Tom) Erwin
    Address: 197 Gray Eagle Drive
    City/State: Shreveport LA 71115
    Phone: (318) 798-1212
    E-mail: tomberwin at
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