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USS Moore (DE 240)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - V - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Moore (DE 240) Building and Operational Data:
  • 20 July 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 20 December 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Fred Moore, mother of Seaman Fred K. Moore
  • 01 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. H. P. Michiels in command
  • 30 June 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 4 years of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 June 1975: Sunk as target off Virginia
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    35k Fred Kenneth Moore was born on 17 December 1921 at Campbell, Tex., the son of Fred and Frances Luella (Gray) Moore. Growing up in Greenville, Tex., where his father was minister of a local church, young Moore enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 18 on 31 July 1940. After basic training he was assigned to the USS Arizona (BB 39). Onboard Arizona at Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked, Seaman Moore remained at his station on antiaircraft gun No. 1 in spite of orders to take cover when the Japanese strafing became severe. With two other members of the guncrew, he assisted in keeping the gun in operation until he was killed by an explosion. Seaman 1st Class Moore was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross "for distinguished service, extraordinary courage and devotion to duty, and disregard for his own safety".

    USS Moore (DE 240) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Honor States Web Site)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Moore 473k 05 January 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Shot at the New York Navy Yard. USS Moore, flagship of Escort Squadron 7, had arrived at the New York Navy Yard on 26 December 1943 for post-voyage repairs. She departed the Navy Yard [along with squadron mates: Keith (DE 241), Tomich (DE 242), J. Richard Ward (DE 243), Otterstetter (DE 244), and Sloat (DE 245)] on 05 January bound for Fort Pond Bay on Long Island for ASW and gunnery training exercises.

    (U.S. Navy photo #F644C5430)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Moore 263k 05 January 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Shot at the New York Navy Yard. The arrow indicates the newly installed SL radar servicing platform and modifications to the bridge.

    (U.S. Navy photo #F644C5432)
    Moore 155k 14 May 1944: off New York - A bow and stern view of Moore. Moore had arrived at the New York Navy Yard for post-voyage repairs on 30 April. On 14 May she left the Navy Yard in company with USS Keith (DE 241) and USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) bound for Casco Bay, Maine. Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Moore 115k
    Moore 339k 14 May 1944: off New York - A port side view of Moore taken off the New York Navy Yard.
    Moore 61k 14 May 1944: off New York. -
    Moore 174k 09 April 1945: the Caribbean Sea - USS Moore (DE 240) coming alongside USS Core (CVE 13) in the Caribbean. She is painted in an unidentified design of Camouflage Measure 31 or 32. From 08 to 13 April 1945, Moore was undergoing training exercises off of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On 13 April she departed Guantanamo Bay bound for N.O.B. Bermuda, arriving on 15 April.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 45727 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.


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    Mike Smolinski

    Moore History
    View the USS Moore (DE 240) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Moore's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Jul. 1943 - 06 Mar. 1944Lcdr. Henry Peter Michiels, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    2.) 06 Mar. 1944 - 15 May 1945Lcdr. Roy Herbert Jones, USNR (Kansas City, Mo.)
    3.) 15 May 1945 - 07 Dec. 1945Lcdr. John S. Montedonico, USNR (Memphis, Tenn.)
    4.) 07 Dec. 1945 - Lcdr. Clarence Raymond Deller Jr., USN (USNA '41) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

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