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|35k||Arthur Vincent Ely, born 8 March 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935, and after aviation training in 1938 joined Torpedo Squadron 6. Lieutenant Ely's plane was shot down 4 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway. For his vigorous assault on Japanese forces, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart.
USS Ely (DE 309) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1935, Courtesy of the United States Naval Academy. )
|116k||10 April 1944: Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Ely (DE 309). Left to right: Capt. F. W. Scanland, Mrs. V. L. Ansaw, Lcdr C. B. Taylor, Mrs. E. J. Sullivan, Mrs. R. Toschi, Mrs. Ann. G. Ely (Sponsor), Radm M. S. Tisdale, Miss Louise Ely (Maid of Honor) Capt. G. C. Klein, Mrs. M. S. Tisdale. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-2232-44)||Darryl Baker|
|91k||10 April 1944: Mrs. Ann G. Ely (Sponsor) christens Ely. Left to right: Radm M. S. Tisdale, Mrs. Ann. G. Ely (Sponsor), Miss Louise Ely (Maid of Honor) and Capt. G. C. Klein. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-2239-44)|
|124k||3 July 1944: Bow view of a nest of "never to be completed" destroyers escorts at Mare Island. Left to right: USS Delbert W. Halsey (DE 310), USS Ely (DE 309) and USS Creamer (DE 308). (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-4148-44)|
|141k||3 July 1944: Stern view, nest of above listed "never to be completed" destroyers escorts. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-4171-44)|
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