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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 Thomas Alfred McClelland
  • 19 September 1944: Commissioned by Lcdr. G. E. Kenyon, representing Commander 11th Naval District; Lcdr. Glendon D. Williams, USNR, 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 U. S. Naval Base, Philadelphia after 15 years and 9 months of service; custody to CO, Philadelphia Group, U. S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold, scrapped
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    281k Fall 1944: USS McClelland (DE 750) underway. She is painted in what appears to be camouflage Measure 31 or 32, Design 24D (a modification of that design as prepared for the DE-51 class). See Photo # 80-G-105513 for a plan of the latter design for the starboard side and decks, and Photo # 80-G-105512 for its port side design.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107523 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    268k 02 January 1945: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - View of Magazine Loch at Pearl Harbor. USS Dionne (DE 261) & USS McClelland (DE 750) are seen along with an unidentified fleet submarine. Tender USS Orion (AS 18), and subs Burrfish (SS 312) and Piper (SS 409) are in the background.

    (Photo Source: LIFE Magazine Archives - W. Eugene Smith, Photographer)
    (Caption updated by John Chiquoine after coordinating ship's log book pages.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    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 Anna’s 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)
    118k late ‘50’s: near Jacksonville, Fla. M. Edward Arnold
    Kingman, Ariz.
    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 (DE 748), homeported at Portland, Maine is moored outboard of McClelland, homeported at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    218k 25 May 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Mothballed destroyer escorts at the Inactive Ship Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

    Upper photo, from left to right; Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Lower photo, from left to right; Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Note from Rick Davis: "Back in May 1973, Martin Holbrook (INRO Photo Collection), invited me for a tour of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Mothball Fleet. Martin had been making trips to Philly and other mothball sites for years and was one of the “old-timers” that had been taking photos of USN ships since before WWII in the New York City area. Anyway, when he picked me up in his van, there were two other gents. One was Ted Stone (I thought the other one was Paul Silverstone, but when I had a chance to ask him a few years ago if it was, he said he didn’t recall a photo trip to PhilNSY). Martin had enough “pull” that we were provided with an Admiral’s Gig! I had my brand-new Nikon F2 35-mm camera. Martin and Ted had larger format cameras. I felt like a rank amateur and a kid in a candy store. I have seen some of the same photos of subjects that we all took photos from the same boat, show-up elsewhere. We were all excited that USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was on the outside of a nest this trip. Martin had been trying to get good views of her for years. Ex-USS Gherardi (DD 637) ... built at PhilNY ... was outside the reserve basin ready to be towed away for scrapping. We got photos of her as well".
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    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.

    McClelland's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 19 Sep. 1944 – .. Feb. 1945Lcdr. Glendon Dean Williams, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘30) (Malvern, Ia.)
    2.) .. Feb. 1945 – 15 May 1946Lt. Alan M. Frothingham, USNR
    3.) 15 May 1946 – .. Mar. 1947Lt.(jg) Troy Haywood Lindsey, USNR
    4.) .. Mar. 1947 – .. Jan. 1948Lcdr. Roy Herbert Jones (Kansas City, Mo.)
    5.) no datesCmdr. Claude Dennis Gilchrist (Hull, England)
    6.) no datesLcdr. Richard L. Eisnaugle (Portsmouth, Oh.)
    7.) no datesLcdr. Paul William Dodson
    8.) ~1953Lcdr. John Raymond Sullivan Jr. (USNA ‘43) (Washington, D.C.)
    9.) ~1955 – 03 Apr. 1956Cmdr. Ralph Neely Pickles
    10.) 03 Apr. 1956 – 29 Jul. 1957Lcdr. Thomas Ingram Bayliss
    11.) 29 Jul. 1957 – 21 Jun. 1959Lcdr. Paul Charles Stadler
    12.) 21 Jun. 1959 – 12 Sep. 1960Lt. George Kidder Derby (USNA ‘51) (Washington, D.C.)

    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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