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Shea (MMD 30)
ex-DM-30
ex-DD-750



Call sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - Romeo

Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer/Robert H. Smith Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 23 December 1943 as Shea (DD-750) by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, NY
  • Launched 20 May 1944
  • Reclasified as a Light Minelayer, DM-30, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Shea (DM-30), 30 September 1944 at the New York Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 9 April 1958
  • Reclassified as a Fast Minelayer, MMD-30, 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 September 1973
  • Sold for scrap 1 September 1974 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,380 t.(lt) , 3370 t.(fl)
  • Length 376' 6"
  • Beam 40' 10"
  • Draft 18' 10"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 363
  • Armament: Three twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, six twin 40mm gun mounts, eleven 20mm guns, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks, and four depth charge projectiles
  • Propulsion: Four Babcocks and Wilcox boilers, two General Electric geared turbines, 60,000shp at 36.5 kts, two shafts, Range 3,300 nm at 20 kts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Thomas E Fraser 35k Shannon (DM-25), Harry F. Bauer (DM-26), Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24) and Shea USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24)
    Association
    Shea 56k . .
    Shea 58k
    Shea 104k National Archives photo BS 73162 Joe Radigan
    Shea 300k U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics photo 285403 Ed Zajkowski
    Shea 69k 18 October 1944 -
    Shea 137k View on New Year's Day morning 1945 at Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA. USS Ringgold (DD 500) and USS Sigsbee (DD 502) are tied to port
    National Archives photo 19-N-80477
    John Chiquoine
    Shea 48k c. 1953
    Photo courtesy of P. Sweeney from the 1954/1955 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Shea 83k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1958 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Charles Cochran (Chili) Kirkpatrick, USN - USNA Class of 1931
    Awarded three Navy Crosses, the Navy Distinguished Service medal, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" - Retired as Rear Admiral
    30 September 1944 - 13 July 1945
    01LCDR Willard Young Howell, USN - USNA Class of 193913 July 1945 - 19 July 1945
    02CDR Elward Francis Baldridge, USN - USNA Class of 1938
    Awarded two Bronze Stars
    19 July 1945 - June 1946
    03CDR Dillon Robert McMullen, USN - USNA Class of 1933June 1946 - 1 January 1948
    03LCDR Frederick Saunders Robertson, Jr., USN1 January 1948 - 3 February 1948
    04LCDR Eugene Hill Scott, USN3 February 1948 - 1 January 1949
    05CDR John Joseph Becker, USN - USNA Class of 19351 January 1949 - 10 July 1949
    06CDR Joseph Francis Dalton, USN - USNA Class of 1937February 1951 - February 1953
    07CDR David Spencer Bill, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1939
    Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" - Retired as Captain
    February 1953
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    View the Shea (DM-30)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website

    THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
    WASHINGTON

    The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

    UNITED STATES SHIP SHEA

    for service as follows

    "For outstanding heroism in action while attached to an Amphibious Force during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from March 24 to May 4, 1945. Operation in waters protected by enemy mines and numerous suicide craft, the U.S.S. SHEA rendered distinctive service in providing effective cover for our minesweeper groups against hostile attack by air, surface, submarine, and shore fire. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she fought her guns valiantly to down nine planes and assist in the destruction of three others, accounting for six of the total of nine within a period of ten minutes during action in April. After downing an attacking plane on May 4, the SHEA turned her guns on a second plane which came in out of the sun, maintaining furious fire on the high-speed target until it struck her superstructure on the starboard side, penetrating the bridge without exploding and emerged on the port side to explode and perforate the side with shrapnel. Saved from complete destruction by prompt damage control measures, the SHEA had achieved a record of gallantry in combat, reflecting the highest credit upon her courageous and skilled officers and men and upon the United States Naval Service."

    All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. SHEA from March 24 to May 4, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

    /s/ John L. Sullivan
    Secretary of the Navy
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Shea (DD-750)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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