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Torpedoed off Molokai, Indonesia - 13 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Shelton (DE 407)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Shelton (DE 407) Building and Operational Data:
  • 1 November 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 18 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John Shelton
  • 4 April 1944: Commissioned, Lt. Lewis B. Salomon, USNR, in command
  • 3 October 1944: Sunk, torpedoed by Japanese Submarine RO-41 off Morotai. USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403) came alongside, removed the crew, and took her under tow but she capsized and sank.
  • 27 November 1944: Struck from the Navy List

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    Shelton 37k James A. Shelton was born in Denton, Montana, in 1916 and enlisted in the Navy on 15 January 1941. Appointed an Aviation Cadet on 20 March 1941, he trained at Pensacola, Miami, and San Diego. Ensign Shelton was assigned to Scouting Squadron 6 on 17 April 1942 and was reported missing on 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway. For his heroism and devotion to duty, Ensign Shelton was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

    USS Shelton (DE 407) (April-October 1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor, she was succeeded by DD 790 (1946-1973).

    Photo provided by Candy Nelson / Diane Baker, thanks to Joel Shepard of the USS Enterprise CV 6 Website
    Bill Gonyo
    Shelton 114k undated postwar image, circa '44 James T. Flynn, Jr.
    HMC, USNR (ret.)
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    View the USS Shelton (DE 407) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Shelton

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