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USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Korean Service Medal w/ 3 stars - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service 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
Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 07 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. E. Moore, mother of Ens. Moore
  • 18 July 1944: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lcdr. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., USNR (the President's son) in command
  • 01 February 1945: Moore, in company with Jenkins (DD 447), O'Bannon (DD 450), and Bell (DD 587) sank the Japanese submarine RO 115, 125 miles SW of Manila
  • 24 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10 months of service
  • 27 January 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to Escort Squadron 9 (CortDiv 91) at San Diego, Cal.
  • .. December 1957: Squadron assignment changed, assigned to Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 10 October 1958: Decommissioned at the U.S. Naval Station, Tongue Point, Astoria, Ore. after 7 years and 8½ months of service; custody transferred to CO, Columbia River Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1965: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 6½ months of service
  • 13 July 1966: sunk as target off San Nicholas Island, Cal. (aircraft from Coral Sea CVA 43 and surface gunfire)
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    172k Ulvert Mathew Moore was born on 26 August 1917 at Williamson, W.Va. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 15 October 1940 at Washington, D.C., and served as a seaman 2d class until appointed an aviation cadet on 14 January 1941. After flight training at Jacksonville and Miami, Fla., into the summer of 1941, Moore then received advanced carrier training at Norfolk, Va. Assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT) 8, embarked in Hornet (CV 8), soon thereafter, Moore was killed in action on 4 June 1942, during the Battle of Midway. Flying a Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, Ens. Moore perished in VT-8's gallant torpedo attack, led by Lt. Comdr. John C. Waldron, against the Japanese carrier Akagi of the Midway-bound task force under Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo. Moore was awarded a posthumous Navy Cross for pressing home his attack despite being grimly aware that VT-8 had neither fighter cover nor enough fuel to return to Hornet. However, the sacrifice of "Torpedo 8" was not in vain. The attack drew down the Japanese combat air patrol and left the skies above open for the attack of the dive bombers which soon crippled three Japanese carriers on the first day of the battle and thus paved the way to an American victory.

    USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Military Hall of Honor)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
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    July 1944: New York Harbor - A three view series of builder photos of the future USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442).
    Alan Guard
    Delmar, N.Y.
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    49k July 1944: A final builder's photo.
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    108k The forward 20 and 40mm guncrew. (40mm shell passer: August Crisp on left; pointer: Tom Collins in center; loader: F. Hoffman on right; T. Shamblin at director)
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    72k score two for the good guys
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    82k the ship’s mascot, ready for duty
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    86k Operating with USS Corregidor (CVE 58), out of Pearl Harbor between mid-October and mid-November 1944
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    155k rough seas off the coast of Mexico, October 1944
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    194k Frank Esposito and Frank Pulicare in a game of stickball on the fantail
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    105k Entertainment was simple for self-starters, and always got a great reception. Lt. Bill Bell at the organ, and Lt. Hugo Francis on the harmonica.
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    121k We were all very grateful we never had to use our torpedoes.
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    75k MM1 Joe Timko tests his home made diving rig before going down to assess damage to the bilge keel. Carpenter's Mates August Crisp and Paul Hand look on.
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    492k undated: Wartime starboard broadside view of the destroyer escort USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) underway, hull painted in camouflage.

    (U.S. Navy National Archive photo #19-N-68164 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
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    144k 30 May 1955: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Starboard broadside view of the destroyer escort USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) in the channel entering the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-1078548 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Tim Rizzuto

    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
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    181k 30 May 1955: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Starboard broadside view of the destroyer escort USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) in the channel entering the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-1078548 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    301k 17 January 1956: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Four destroyer escorts are in dry dock #2 at Mare Island. Back row are: USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) left and USS William Seiverling (DE 441) right; front row are: USS Wiseman (DE 667) left and USS Lewis (DE 535) right. All were in dock from 15 December 1955 to 18 January 1956 and started overhaul on 28 November 1955. Wiseman completed overhaul on 29 February 1956, Seiverling & Moore completed on 11 February 1956 and Lewis completed on 9 March 1956.

    (U.S. Navy photo #MINSY 27713-1-56)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
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    580k 21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Crew of the USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) are at quarters for the change of command ceremonies at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE 442 277X1-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)

    21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Lcdr Thomas G. Slattery reads his orders as he relieves Lcdr Robert E. Fitzgerald, to his right, as Commanding Officer of the ship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #277X2-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)

    21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Lcdr Thomas G. Slattery and Lcdr Robert E. Fitzgerald stand together on the brow of Ulvert M. Moore after their Change-of-Command ceremony at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #277X3-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
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    71k 1957: Moore coming alongside USS Wiseman (DE 667). Jim Blessitt
    USS Wiseman (DE 667)
    GM3, 1957-59
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    83k Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) in the 1960s. Note whip aerials, awning over bridge, quad and two twin 40 mm Bofors aft, one twin forward. The quad 40mm Bofors has radar control, and depth charge throwers have been moved forward to give a clear field of fire to the after 5"/38 mounting. This ship has been awarded the Efficiency "E" and the fact is well advertised on the gun mounts. Colour is Haze Gray and Dark Gray decks and horizontal surfaces.

    (Photo from Real Photographs) (Photo and text taken from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott).
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

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    Launch Button
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    Tom Kermen

    Ulvert M. Moore History
    View the USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Ulvert M. Moore as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Ulvert M. Moore's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  18 Jul. 1944 – 22 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., USNR (Hyde Park, N.Y.)
    2.)  22 Jun. 1945 - 15 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Garrett Eddy, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.)  15 Dec. 1945 - 25 Jan. 1946Lt. William Henry Bell Jr., USNR (Schenectady, N. Y.)
    4.)  25 Jan. 1946 – Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) John L. Block, USNR
    5.)  Mar. 1946 - 22 May 1946Lcdr. Edward Geary Fitz-Patrick, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA ‘42) (Braintree, Mass.)
    6.)  27 Jan. 1951 - 1952Cmdr. John Abercrombie Mullen, USN
    7.)  1953Lcdr. Robert Hilton Lemmon, USN
    8.)  1954 - 21 Jan.1956Lcdr. Robert Emmett Fitzgerald, USN
    9.)  21 Jan.1956 - 29 Jun. 1957Lcdr. Thomas Grenville Slattery, USN (Wichita, Kan.)
    10.) 29 Jun. 1957 - 07 Jun. 1958Lcdr. Wayne Douglas Surface, USN (USNA ‘44) (Des Moines, Iowa)
    11.) 07 Jun. 1958 - 10 Oct. 1958Lcdr. Thomas Frank Wattle, USN (Yakima, Wash.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Alan H. Guard
    Address: 66 St. Clair Drive
    City/State: Delmar NY 12054
    Phone: (518) 439-4223
    E-mail: Alan Guard
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