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USS McClelland (DE 750)

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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/ 3 stars - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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: 15 / 201
McClelland (DE 750) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 July 1943: Keel laid by the Western Pipe & Steel Corp., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 28 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. T. A. McClelland, widow of Ensign McClelland
  • 19 September 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Glendon D. Williams in command
  • 15 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • September 1946: Placed "in service, in reserve" assigned to NRT, 7th Naval District, at Jacksonville, Fla.
  • 15 July 1950: Placed "in commission, in reserve" at Charleston, S.C.
  • 1959: Transferred to NRT at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 12 September 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 15 years and 9 months of active and reserve training service
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold, scrapped
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    McClelland 35k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    McClelland 81k September 1954: Jacksonville, Fla. - Two photos taken during McClelland's 10th Anniversary celebration. An unidentified admiral cuts the celebration cake as commanding officer Lcdr. Ralph N. Pickles and crewmembers look on.

    (Photos donated by Anna Hall. The photos were taken by Annas dad, Pearl Harbor survivor William Blackstock, Signalman 2nd Class. Bill served in McClelland, USS Laffey (DD 724) and Tidewater (AD 31).)
    Robert Hall
    USS Tidewater (AD 31)
    McClelland 67k
    McClelland 118k late 50s: near Jacksonville, Fla. M. Edward Arnold
    Kingman, Ariz.
    McClelland 127k This photo was rescued from an antique store in Sedalia, Mo. The back is dated, December 1958. David Upton
    Blue Springs, Mo.
    ***McClelland / Tills*** 101k early 1960: Gloucester, Mass. - Two reserve training vessels on a port visit to Gloucester. USS Tills, homeported at Portland, Maine is moored outboard of McClelland, homeported at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tommy Trampp

    McClelland History
    View the USS McClelland (DE 750) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS McClelland as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: M. Edward Arnold
    Address: 3235 Ames Avenue
    City/State: Kingman AZ 86401
    Phone: (928) 692-9190

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    Additional Resources

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    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS McClelland
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