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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHWZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MACAROON

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY September 30 1943.
Launched February 23 1944 and commissioned June 24 1944.
Decommissioned October 24 1969.
Stricken October 24 1969.
To Taiwan December 9 1969, renamed Heng Yang.
Fate Stricken May 1995, broken Up(?).

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Moore 49kSamuel Nobre Moore was born in Washington, D.C., on 7 September 1891. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1909 until 1913 and served mainly in destroyers up to the United States' entry into World War I in 1917. For the next few years, Lieutenant Moore was assigned to the battleships Michigan and Minnesota. During the first half of the 1920 he served in the destroyers Jacob Jones and Flusser, at the U.S. Naval Academy, and with the First Naval District. Lieutenant Commander Moore was stationed at Tutuila, Samoa, in 1925-27, then was assigned to the submarine tender Canopus. From 1928 into 1932, he was Commanding Officer of the destroyers MacLeish, Hazelwood and Lamberton, and then served in the light cruiser Omaha. After promotion to the rank of Commander in 1934 Moore was stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the Senior Course at the Naval War College, and commanded Destroyer Division 21. In the latter position, he organized the Neutrality Patrol for the New England area following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. He served in Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from early 1940 and achieved the rank of Captain later in that year. In May 1942, he took command of the heavy cruiser Quincy. On 9 August 1942, during the night Battle of Savo Island, Captain Samuel N. Moore was killed in action on the bridge of his ship. Photo #: 80-G-K-13910. Captain Samuel N. Moore, USN, photographed circa 1941, while he was assigned to the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Moore 28kUndated, location unknown.Joe O'Neill, CPO USN-Ret
Moore 72kUndated, taken upon return from first tour of duty in Korea to San Diego.Cecil A. Oliver, Jr
Moore 113kUndated, USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) underway, location unknown. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-67987.Robert Hurst
Moore 28kUndated, location unknown in World War II camouflage.Tommy Trampp
Moore 114kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Moore 43kLaunching February 23 1944 at Staten Island.Ron Reeves
Moore 192kTaken on July 11, 1944, shortly after commissioning. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 11a.Bob Culver


USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) in Nanaimo Harbor, B.C., Canada in 1949 for Victoria Day.Jim Barr
Moore 94kSan Diego, CA May 1950.Marc Piché
Moore 230kUSS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1957. CAPT Charles Joseph Odend'hal, Jr., Commanding. AJ-2 Savages from VAH-6 "Fleurs" are amidships, AD Skyraiders aft. Destroyers USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) and USS Maddox (DD-731) are to starboard and port of Hancock, respectively.The Odend'hal Family
Moore 259kSeptember 8 1958, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Moore 89kUSS Dixie (AD-15) with the USS Southerland (DDR-743), USS Samuel L. Moore (DD-747), USS Rowan (DD-782) and USS Gurke (DD-783) alongside in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn


Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Moore and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Moore 167kLeft to right, USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Hooper (DE-1026), USS Jenkins (DD-447), USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) and USS Piedmont (AD-17) in Subic Bay 1966.Lee Noland
Moore 77kPulling away from the USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) during Operation Sea Dragon off the coast of North Vietnam, Spring 1967.Eric Bollin
Moore 156kView from the USS Hancock (CVA-19) in April 1967 off the coast of Vietnam, the Moore was re-fueling from the USS Passumpsic (AO-107).Charles Dehnert
Moore 167kAs above.Charles Dehnert
Moore 86kA set of seven (7) images from the Change of Command ceremony of July 17 1969 as CDR Donald John Mattson is releived by LCDR John Doroshuk Jr. - CDR Mattson is 2nd left (i.e., center), the woman foreground, right, is likely the CDR's wife, Jean.Jim Hart
Moore 138kAs above. - Mattson on the left, and I'm not sure about the two officers on the right as one is, I believe, a CDR and the officer on the right a LCDR, and your site reports the Moore's skipper after Mattson was a LCDR. The USS Brush (DD-745) in the background.Jim Hart
Moore 85kAs above.Jim Hart
Moore 124kAs above. - Back right, under the cannon, standing, my father and older brother, next to each other, in suits and ties, looking down. My brother would join the Navy shortly thereafter and serve on the Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) as a sonar operator from '69 to '71.Jim Hart
Moore 77kAs above. - CDR Mattson, center.Jim Hart
Moore 85kAs above. - Not at all sure, but LCDR second left may be assuming command; the CDR at podium I don't know. USS Repurtus (DD-851) in background.Jim Hart
Moore 82kAs above. - CDR Mattson, left; officer at podium unknown.Jim Hart
Moore 68kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Horatio Alonzo Lincoln    Jun 24 1944 - Jul 28 1945
CDR Harold Gardiner Bowen Jr.    Jul 28 1945 - May 10 1946 (Later VADM)
CDR Theodore Small Lank    May 10 1946 - Mar 1 1948
CDR John Bernard Smith    Mar 1 1948 - Nov 11 1949
CDR Robert Hume Wanless    Nov 11 1949 - 1951
CDR Everett Marsalis (Easy) Glenn    1951 - 1952
CDR John Richard Blackburn    1952 - Sep 4 1954
CDR Lowel Edwin Darby    Sep 4 1954 - Nov 1 1956
CDR Edward Wood Donnally    Nov 1 1956 - Jun 1 1958
CDR Hollis Clifton Rawls Jr.    Jun 1 1958 - Mar 15 1959
CDR John R. Bohlken    Mar 15 1959 - May 26 1962
CDR Robert Emmett McCabe Jr.    May 26 1962 - Oct 30 1963
CDR Ralph Samuel Cerney    Oct 30 1963 - ? 1964
CDR Ward Keith Martin    ? 1964 - Mar 20 1967
CDR Donald John Mattson    Mar 20 1967 - Jul 17 1969
LCDR John Doroshuk Jr.    Jul 17 1969 - Oct 24 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Culver
Address: 5910 Brookview Drive, Lincoln, NE 68506-3534
Phone: (402) 489-5910

Note About Contacts.

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