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USS McMorris (DE 1036)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - E - R - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Gray Warrior"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ star - National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Claud Jones
Type: SCB No. 131 / 1956-57
Number in Class: 4
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,916 tons (full)
Length: 301' (wl), 312' (oa)
Beam: 38' (extreme)
Draft: 18' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse 38ND8 Diesels, 8,852 shp, 1 shaft
Speed: 22 kts
Range: 7,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 159
Guns: 2 - 3"/50 Mk 33 (2x1)
ASW Weapons: 2 - Mk 11 Hedgehog, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk70 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
McMorris (DE 1036) Building and Operational Data:
  • 5 November 1958: Keel laid at the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Oh.
  • 26 May 1959: Launched and christened at the Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Westwego, La.; sponsored by Mrs. Charles H. McMorris, widow of Vice Adm. McMorris
  • 4 March 1960: Commissioned at Charleston, S.C., Lcdr Martin Zenni in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 3 (CruDesFlot 7) at San Diego, Cal.
  • 24 January 1965: Homeport reassigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of Escort Squadron 5 (DesFlot 5)
  • 1968: Reassigned to the newly created Escort Squadron 1
  • 30 January 1967: Collided with USS Tombigbee (AOG 11) during ASW operations off Pearl Harbor (2 crewmen killed, 7 injured)
  • 1 July 1973: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 39
  • 16 December 1974: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor after 14.7 years of service; struck from the NVR, transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Ngurah Rai (D-3)
  • 1982: Hull number changed to D-344, in service as of 1999
  • 2 January 2003: Decommissioned from the Indonesian Navy, scrapping pending
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    McMorris 86k Charles Horatio McMorris was born on 31 August 1890 at Wetumpka AL and was appointed midshipman in 1908 and commissioned ensign in June 1912. On 11 to 12 October 1942, as commanding officer of San Francisco, he took part in the Battle of Cape Esperance, which deflated the Japanese belief in their night fighting superiority. During the Battle, he "...fought his ship valiantly, maneuvering with the expertness of able seaman and striking at the enemy with determined and effective gunfire despite the difficulties of night combat. As captain of the flagship, he rendered valuable service to the Task Force [TF 64] Commander and contributed materially to the success of our forces." He was awarded the Navy Cross for the above cited actions. In December 1942, he assumed command of Crusier Destroyer Force 8, operating in the northern Pacific. On 26 March 1943, in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, he used that force to prevent Japanese reinforcement of garrisons on Kiska and Attu. For his able handling of the force in the victory, he received the Distinguished Service Medal. Later, as Chief of Staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal for supervising "...the preparation and execution of strategic and tactical plans for Naval Operations...in the Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas, Western Caroline Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa..." Retiring as a vice admiral on 1 September 1952, he died 11 February 1954 at Valparaiso, Chile.

    (For a more complete biography of Adm. McMorris, Click Here)

    USS McMorris (DE 1036) (1960-1974) was the first ship named in his honor.
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    McMorris 154k undated photo (Photo © Morper Ship Pictures) Nick Tiberio
    McMorris 52k taken from USS Ponchatoula (AO 148) in Tonkin Gulf during a 1966 - 1967 cruise Barry Litchfield
    USS Ponchatoula 1966 - 1967
    McMorris 60k September 1967 -
    McMorris 61k 1973: Sydney Harbor Steve Crate (EM2)
    McMorris 213k 18 and 25 September 1973: Auckland, N.Z. - Two views of McMorris on a port visit to Auckland (Both photos from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    McMorris 157k

    McMorris
    Memorabilia

    Decommissioning Booklet
    McMorris
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    View the USS McMorris (DE 1036) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    McMorris's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  04 Mar 1960 - 1961Lcdr. Martin M. Zenni
    2.)  1961 - 1963Lcdr. Ralph Glover Spencer
    3.)  1963 - 1965Lcdr. Daniel A. Lewis
    4.)  1965 - 1966Lcdr. Richard Ellis Kemble
    5.)  1966 - July 1967Lcdr. Rudolph Halouk Daus
    6.)  Jul 1967 - Mar 1969Lcdr. Robert J. Steele (ret. as Radm.)
    7.)  Mar 1969 - Jun 1970Lcdr. Alex Jan Viessmann
    8.)  Jun 1970 - Nov 1971Lcdr. Donald Lee Hark
    9.)  Nov 1971 - 15 Aug 1973Lcdr. Richard David Milligan
    10.) 15 Aug 1973 - 16 Dec 1974Lcdr. James H. Ansley

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2012 Reunion:
    18 - 21 October 2012 at Nashville, Tennessee
    Holiday Inn Select Opryland / Airport

    Contact Name: Skip Reynolds, Reunion Coordinator
    Address: 1020 Pross Road, Lansdale PA 19446
    Phone: (215) 855-3916
    E-mail: Skip Reynolds

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    Additional Resources

    USS McMorris Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS McMorris
    USS McMorris Page on Military.Com
    Note:
    The McMorris patch as an FF above seems to be an error. The patch was purchased from a New Jersey embroidery company in the late '70's,
    but... McMorris was never an FF. She was decommissioned in December 1974, and the DE reclassification took place in June of 1975. Can anyone offer an explanation?
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