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USS Maloy (DE 791)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - H - W
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Eagle Farm"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Maloy (DE 791) Building and Operational Data:
  • 10 May 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 18 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas J. Maloy, widow of Chief Watertender Maloy
  • 13 December 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Frederic D. Kellogg in command
  • Scheduled conversion to APD 83 cancelled
  • 14 August 1946: Redesignated EDE 791, assigned to the Operational Development Force, New London Detachment
  • 28 May 1965: Decommissioned at the Reserve Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 21 years and 5½ months of service; custody transferred to CO, Philadelphia Group, U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 01 June 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 March 1966: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co. of Wilmington, Del.
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    47k Thomas Joel Maloy was born on 26 September 1906 in Portland, Oreg. He enlisted in the Navy 30 September 1926. On 13 November, in action off Guadalcanal, Chief Watertender Maloy's ship, USS Atlanta (CL 51),was torpedoed and went dead in the water. After ordering his crew to abandon number one fireroom, Maloy remained at his station struggling to stem the rapid flooding of the area. Compelled to leave the compartment, he proceeded to the forward engineroom to investigate conditions there. He perished in this heroic attempt to save the ship. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Guadalcanal campaign.

    USS Maloy (DE 791) (1943-1965) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 48062, Courtesy of R. C. Maloy, Milwaukie, Oregon; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    221k 18 August 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Maloy is christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Thomas J. Maloy, widow of Chief Watertender Maloy. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    206k 1947: Maloy crew portrait.

    (Photo from the collection of  RM2 Everett J. Jensen)
    Gary A. Jensen
    220k 11 June 1951: Washington, D.C. - During a brief ceremony in his office today, Rear Admiral Thorvald A. Solberg, USN, Chief of the Office of Naval Research, presented a painting of USS Maloy (DE 791) to Lieutenant Commander John H. Geyer, (left). USS Maloy, a destroyer escort, was the last ship the recipient commanded. Lieutenant Commander Geyer completed thirty years of service in the U.S. Navy on this date.

    (U.S. Navy photo #708268 from the National Museum of U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    397k 21 July 1952: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Maloy (EDE 791) underway.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 444082 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    87k Heading in or out of New London, Conn. before she got her variable depth sonar in 1956.

    (U.S. Navy photo)

    (Note: The description "before she got her VDS" is incorrect. The first VDS was lowered over the port side on a winch with railings on the hull. If you note the small wake about midships, it is being generated by the railing on the hull. The transducer was raised and then tilted over to rest against the boat deck so that you walked under it on the port side. We were never able to develop a chain to keep the transducer beneath the ship so we couldn't get true bearings and distance. Computers solved that problem so they put it on the fantail. From: Bob Brown, a Maloy radarman, May 1951 - December 1953 )
    J. Everett
    26k 1961: Maloy shown coming out past the Underwater Sound Lab at Groton, Conn. Jim Jackson
    crewmember 1960-1963
    285k 1960's: New London, Conn. - USS Maloy (EDE 791) steaming southbound on the Thames River heading for the Atlantic. She just passed under the I-95 bridge and is approaching USS Fulton (AS 11) at the New London State Pier. Although officially homeported at the submarine base in New London, Fulton couldn't get upriver and tended her brood at the State Pier. Note the equipment on her fantail, Maloy appears to be testing a variable depth sonar. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    270k undated: Photo showing Maloy near the end of her days. She spent the majority of her career as a unit of Destroyer Division 601 based at the submarine base in New London, Conn. Her primary duty was being the test ship for the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory in Groton, Conn.

    (U.S. Navy photo)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive

    Ship's Matchbook
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's Plaque
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Maloy History
    View the USS Maloy (DE 791) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Maloy as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Maloy's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Dec. 1943 – 24 Dec. 1944Lt. / Lcdr. Frederic David Kellogg, USNR (Comm. CO) (Richmond, Cal.)
    2.) 24 Dec. 1944 – 14 Jan. 1945Cmdr. Thomas Stevenson Cameron, USN (USNA ‘24) (Landers, Wyo.)
    3.) 14 Jan. 1945 – 15 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Frederic David Kellogg, USNR (Richmond, Cal.)
    4.) 15 Aug. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946Lcdr. James Allan (Jungle Jim) Eastwood, USNR (Lewiston, Id.)
    5.) .. Feb. 1946 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Louie Woodrow Barnard, USN (West Point, Ill.)
    6.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... 1948Lcdr. John Henry Geyer, USN
    8.) .. .... 1950 – .. .... 1952Lcdr. Harry Carl Allendorfer Jr., USN (USNA ‘42) (Johnstown, Pa.)
    10.) .. Dec. 1954 – 16 Jan. 1957Lcdr. John Newell Cummings, USN
    11.) 16 Jan. 1957 – 16 Jan. 1959Lcdr. Paul Roth, USN
    12.) 16 Jan. 1959 – 05 Feb. 1959Lt. Whitehead, USN
    13.) 15 Feb. 1959 – 24 Feb. 1961Lcdr. Douglas Charles Pearson, USN
    14.) 24 Feb. 1961 – 26 Jun. 1962Lcdr. Earle Walter Sapp, USN (Washington, D.C.)
    15.) 26 Jun. 1962 – 01 May 1964Lcdr. David MacLeod Greathouse, USN (USNA ‘51) (Fort Worth, Tex.)
    16.) 01 May 1964 - 28 May 1965Lcdr. James Edwin Fernandes, USN (Fall River, Mass.)

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