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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


Specifications:
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:
  • 2 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 7 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. E. Moore, mother of Ens. Moore
  • 18 July 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., USNR (the son of the President) in command
  • 24 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 27 January 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to CortRon 9
  • 10 October 1958: Decommissioned at Astoria, Ore.
  • 1 December 1965: Stricken from the NVR
  • 13 July 1966: sunk as target off San Nicholas Isle, Cal. (aircraft from Coral Sea CVA 43 and surface gunfire)
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    ***Creamer/Ulvert M. Moore*** 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.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 93595 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

    (Note: This photo of Torpedo Squadron Eight pilots was taken in May 1942. The only pilot to survive the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was Ens. George H. Gay, Jr.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Ulvert M. Moore 52k builder's photo, July 1944 Alan Guard
    Ulvert M. Moore 35k builder's photo, July 1944
    Ulvert M. Moore 45k builder's photo, July 1944
    Ulvert M. Moore 49k final builder's photo, July 1944
    Ulvert M. Moore 108k 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)
    Ulvert M. Moore 72k score two for the good guys
    Ulvert M. Moore 82k the shipís mascot, ready for duty
    Ulvert M. Moore 86k operating with the Corregidor (CVE 58), out of Pearl Harbor between mid-October and mid-November 1944
    Ulvert M. Moore 155k rough seas off the coast of Mexico, October Ď44
    Ulvert M. Moore 194k Frank Esposito and Frank Pulicare in a game of stickball on the fantail
    Ulvert M. Moore 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.
    Ulvert M. Moore 121k we were all very grateful we never had to use our torpedoes
    Ulvert M. Moore 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.
    Ulvert M. Moore 15k undated, postwar © John Strohmaier
    ***Seiverling*** 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
    Ulvert M. Moore 71k 1957: Moore coming alongside USS Wiseman (DE 667) Jim Blessitt GM3
    USS Wiseman (DE 667)
    1957-59
    Ulvert M. Moore 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 40 mm 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). Robert Hurst

    Moore Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    U.M. Moore
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

    View the USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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