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USS Marvin Shields (DE 1066)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - S - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Snazzy"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Fourth Row: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Can Do"
Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Marvin Shields (DE 1066) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 12 April 1968: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Seattle, Wash.
  • 23 October 1969: Launched and christened, cosponsored by Mrs. Victoria Cassalery and Mrs. Richard A. Bennett
  • 10 April 1971: Commissioned at the Puget Sound NSY, Cmdr. William J. Hunter in command, assigned to the Pacific Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1066)
  • 2 July 1992: Decommissioned after 21.2 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 January 1997: Sold to Mexico for $7M, renamed ARM Mariano Abasolo (E-51), redesignated F-212 in 2001, still in service
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    Marvin Shields 8k Marvin Glenn Shields was born in Port Townsend, Wash. on 30 December 1939. After graduating high school in 1958, he worked in the gold mines at Hyder, Alaska. He joined the Navy as a Seabee on 8 January 1962 and was stationed at Glynco, Ga.; Okinawa; and Port Hueneme, Cal.. In February of 1965 he was sent to Vietnam where he served with Mobile Construction Battalion 11, Seabee Team 1104 attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces at Dong Xoai. During an attack by a North Vietnamese regiment on 10 June 1965, he was mortally wounded and died. For their actions during that battle, he and 2LT Charles Q. Williams, U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group, of Vance, S.C. were awarded the Medal of Honor. At the Medal ceremony Johnson said Shields, by his heroism during the 14-hour battle at Dong Xoai, saved the lives of many of his comrades. Although twice wounded, the citation said, he continued to supply his fellow Americans with needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for hours. Construction Mechanic Shields was the first Seabee ever to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

    USS Marvin Shields (DE 1066) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from the The Virtual Wall)
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    Marvin Shields 152k 23 October 1969: Seattle, Wash. - Launch photos of Marvin Shields from Todd Shipyard Corp. QM2 Brian Wool
    1989 - 1992
    Vancouver, Wash.
    Marvin Shields 152k
    Marvin Shields 130k
    Marvin Shields 48k undated, Knox class ship with the class equipped "point defense system" installed at the extreme stern. A LAMPS helicopter system has replaced the DASH system and the class was unique in that they were equipped with a single torpedo magazine, which jointly fed the helicopter staging area and the twin Mk 32 torpedo tubes, located in the aft superstructure. -
    Marvin Shields 150k 29 March 1984: At sea - An aerial port quarter view of Marvin Shields returning to San Diego from a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) cruise with the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 61). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00414 by PHC O'Connor from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Marvin Shields 128k 28 July 1985: At sea - A starboard bow view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11607 by PH2 Gunther, from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 112k 28 July 1985: At sea - A port bow view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11608 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 127k 28 July 1985: At sea - A port quarter view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11609 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 142k 28 July 1985: At sea - A port beam view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11610 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 121k 28 July 1985: At sea - A port view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11611 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 193k 28 July 1985: At sea - A port bow view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11612 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 127k 9 April 1986: At sea - A starboard view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11613 by PH2 Gunther from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 160k 28 July 1985: At sea - A starboard quarter view of Marvin Shields anchored off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-06637 by PH3 J.P. Protz from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 114k 28 July 1985: At sea - A starboard bow view of Marvin Shields anchored off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-06638 by PH3 J.P. Protz from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 172k 1 June 1986: NavSta Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A starboard bow view of Marvin Shields during Exercise RIMPAC '86. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-03989 from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 125k 1 December 1988: At sea - An aerial port bow view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-05586 by Ens. Brad Guttilas from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 520k 16 December 1988: At sea - A starboard bow view of Marvin Shields underway off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-01173 by PH2 John Cross from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 61k Fall 1989: Long Beach, Cal. - A night shot of Marvin Shields entering a drydock at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Shields went through a "Dry-docking Selected Restricted Availability" from August to November of 1989. (Photo from the United States Naval Institute Proceedings, edition unknown) Brian Wool
    Marvin Shields 99k 24 March 1991: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Sailors stand by on the pier as the large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB823) maneuvers Marvin Shields into port. The ship is returning to San Diego from deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-09780 by PH1 Richard J. Oriez from the DVIC) Navsource
    Marvin Shields 103k 24 March 1991: Naval Station SanDiego, Cal. - A toy bear sports a ship's cap from the Marvin Shields as its owner celebrates the vessel's return from deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-09778 by PH1 Richard J. Oriez from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 81k 24 March 1991: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - A crew member from the Marvin Shields is reunited with his wife following the vessel's return from deployment in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08143 by PH1 Richard J. Oriez from the DVIC)
    Marvin Shields 92k 24 March 1991: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Operations Specialist Walter Brugman, a crewmember of Marvin Shields, meets his son for the first time after arriving in port. The ship had just returned from deployment in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08144 by PH1 Richard J. Oriez from the DVIC)
    ***Meyerkord*** 96k 6 June 1991: Portland, Ore. - Pacific Fleet ships tied up at a dock during Portland's annual Rose Festival include, left, back to front, the destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971), the frigates USS Meyerkord (FF 1058) and Marvin Shields; right, back to front, the guided missile destroyers USS Semmes (DDG 18) and USS Parsons (DDG 33) and the frigate USS Barbey (FF 1088). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-08271 by PH1 Alex Hyde from the DVIC )
    ***Meyerkord*** 149k 6 June 1991: Portland, Ore. - Pacific Fleet ships tied up at a dock during Portland's annual Rose Festival include the destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971), the frigates USS Meyerkord (FF 1058) and Marvin Shields. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-08273 by PH1 Alex Hyde from the DVIC )
    Marvin Shields 244k 6 July 1996: Bremerton, Wash. - Marvin Shields nested between the battleship Missouri and an unidentified aircraft carrier at the Puget Sound Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Tom Armstrong (USCS 9909)
    USS Constellation 1968 - 1969

    Marvin Shields Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    (circa 1991)
    Shields
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker
    Desert Shield / Desert
    Storm Patch
    Shields
    Courtesy of
    Tom Armstrong
    Supply Dep't
    Battle "E" Patch
    Shields
    Courtesy of
    Tom Armstrong
    Memorial Shadowbox

    Shields
    Courtesy of
    PHAN Lamel J. Hinton
    Tile Plaque of
    Ship's Emblem
    Shields
    Courtesy of
    Chris Howell

    View the USS Marvin Shields (DE 1066) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Marvin Shields' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Apr 1971 - 21 Dec 1972Cmdr. William Joseph Hunter
    2.)  21 Dec. 1972 - 28 Jun 1974Cmdr. Ingolf Norman Kiland, Jr.
    3.)  28 Jun 1974 - 10 Jun 1976Lcdr. Jerome Frost Smith, Jr. (ret. as Radm.)
    4.)  10 Jun 1976 - 01 Jul 1978Cmdr. Joseph Keeley, Jr.
    5.)  01 Jul 1978 - 14 Jun 1980Cmdr. Lawrence Charles Gaskell
    6.)  14 Jun 1980 - 04 Jun 1983Cmdr. John Wilfrid Allin
    7.)  04 Jun 1983 - 11 Oct 1985Cmdr. Robert Aubrey Conder
    8.)  11 Oct 1985 - 05 Dec. 1987Cmdr. Jeffrey L. Richard
    9.)  05 Dec. 1987 - 10 Jun 1990Cmdr. Rodney L. Benson
    10.) 10 Jun 1990 - 31 Jan 1992Cmdr. Michael Doyle Simpson
    11.) 31 Jan 1992 - 02 Jul 1992Lcdr. Barry John Pochron

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2012 Reunion
    19 - 22 October 2012 at Las Vegas, Nev.
    Alexis Park All-Suite Resort

    Contact Name: Guy Cornett
    E-mail: Guy Cornett

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    Additional Resources

    USS Marvin Shields Association Site
    USS Marvin Shields Group Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Marvin Shields
    USS Marvin Shields Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Marvin Shields Page on Military.Com
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