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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKRR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - INVADER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA (YN 45)
Laid down 31 May 1945
Launched 08 March 1946
Commissioned 21 June 1946
Completed FRAM upgrade June 1961
Decommissioned and Stricken 31 March 1973
Transferred to Republic of China 18 April 1973, renamed 萊陽 [Lao Yang] (DDG-20 / DDG-920)
Fate: Decommissioned by Taiwan 16 March 1999; as of November 2002 was to become an artificial reef.

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Shelton 53kJames Arnold Shelton was born in Denton, Montana, in 1916 and enlisted in the Navy on 15 January 1941. Appointed an Aviation Cadet on 20 March 1941, he trained at Pensacola, Miami, and San Diego. Ensign Shelton was assigned to Scouting Squadron 6 on 17 April 1942 and was reported missing on 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway. For his heroism and devotion to duty, Ensign Shelton was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. Photo provided by Candy Nelson/Diane Baker and Joel Shepherd of the USS Enterprise CV-6 website.Bill Gonyo
USS Shelton (DD-790)
Shelton 130kUndated, location unknown.-
Shelton 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Shelton 173kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Shelton 94kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shelton 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
131kUndated, location unknown.Dave Wright
Shelton 137kSeptember 26 1947, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Shelton 89kAft plan view of USS Shelton (DD 790) with USS Higbee (DD 806) inboard at Mare Island on 6 July 1951. Shelton was in overhaul at the yard from 38 March to 6 July 1951.Darryl Baker
Shelton 198kUSS Shelton (DD 790) off Mare Island on July 6, 1951, Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Shelton 107kShelton, Tolovana and Antietam during deployment to Korea, 08 September 1951 - 02 May 1952.Fabio Peņa
Shelton 46kFebruary 19 1952, USS Shelton (DD 790) and Taupo, a New Zealand frigate, destroyed 45 enemy sampans off the east coast of North Korea. A few sampans made it to the beach only to be captured by a company of South Korea Marines commanded by 1st Lt. Joseph Bartos, USMC. Tony Cowart/Fred Weiss
Shelton 98kUSS Bryce Canyon (AD-36) at Terminal Island, Long Beach, California, circa 1962. Alongside are the destroyers USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Collett (DD-730), USS Blue (DD-744), and USS Shelton (DD-790). USS Colahan (DD-658) is moored on the other side of the pier.Robert Hurst/Rich Angelini
Shelton 95kUSS Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845) and USS Shelton (DD-790) in San Diego July 1966.Larry Backus
Higbee   Higbee
Alongside the USS Pollux (AKS-4) as seen from the USS St. Paul (CA-73) off the coast of Vietnam in 1967. Converted from Anthony's home movies, sorry the resolution is not better.
Anthony Parrelli
Shelton 217kShelton (DD-790) as seen from HMAS Brisbane (D 41) on the Vietnam gunline, 1971. Photo by Bob Westthorp, RAN 1964-1988.Bob Canchola
Shelton 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Shelton 68kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Shelton 322kShip's patch variant.Tom Gamstetter

USS SHELTON DD-790 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
Chinese COs by Dave Wright

CDR Charles Luther Werts    Jun 21 1946 - Jan 1947

CAPT Forrest Alexis Rhoads    Jan 1947 - ? (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Ballance Brooks Jr.    May 1947 - Mar 1948

CDR Charles Barzzellious J. Jackson Jr.    Apr 20 1949 - Nov 13 1950 (Later RADM)

CDR Stephen Wriston Carpenter    1952 - ?

CDR Earl Enos Buckwalter    Mar 1955 - Mar 6 1957

CDR John Vernon Wilson    Mar 6 1957 - ?

CDR Merlin Jacob Schwitters    1962 - ?

CDR Joseph John Paulis Jr.    1964 - ?

CDR James Russell Wright    May 1972 - Sep 29 1972

CDR James Emmett McConville    Sep 29 1972 - Mar 31 1973

Republic of China Navy service

CAPT Hsu Ming Hsiao [徐明昭]    Apr 1 1973 - Jan 31 1975

CAPT Li Lung Chi [李覲基]    Jan 31 1975 - Dec 06 1976

CAPT Chien Sih Tung [錢思同]    Dec 06 1976 - Sep 08 1978

CAPT Li Yi Chou [李伊州]    Sep 08 1978 - Mar 28 1980

CAPT Chou Ching Hung [周鏡宏]    Mar 28 1980 - Aug 14 1981

CAPT Chu Pen Li [祝本立]    Aug 14 1981 - Feb 19 1983

CAPT Wei Tsiung Tung [韋宗定]    Feb 19 1983 - Jun 14 1984

CAPT Feng Yi Chung [馮亦中]    Jun 14 1984 - Dec 07 1985

CAPT Wen Tsai Chun [溫在春]    Dec 07 1985 - Jul 15 1987

CAPT Tseng Chen Wei [曾震威]    Jul 15 1987 - Sep 02 1988

CAPT Yan Wei Chung [嚴維中]    Sep 02 1988 - Dec 30 1989

CAPT Chiu Yi Ju [邱奕如]    Dec 30 1989 - Mar 05 1991

CAPT Chiang Kuang Hua [姜光華]    Mar 05 1991 - Jun 05 1992

CAPT Tsuan Chien Lun [纂建倫]    Jun 05 1992 - Sep 18 1993

CAPT Hsu Po [徐博]    Sep 18 1993 - May 14 1994

CAPT Li Hao [李皓]    May 14 1994 - Mar 27 1996

CDR Hsia Chun Ta [夏君達]    Mar 27 1996 - Jun 27 1996

CDR Su Li Ching [蘇立青]    Jun 27 1996 - Mar 27 1998

CDR Yu Hu Ping [俞虎平]    Mar 27 1998 - Mar 16 1999

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard Petrowich
Address: 54-57 QM1, 308 S. Jackson, New Athens, IL 62264
Phone: 618-475-3248

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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