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USS Halloran (DE 305)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - R - G
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 - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Halloran (DE 305) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 June 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 14 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. J. Halloran, mother
  • 27 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. G. Scripps, USNR, in command
  • 02 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Charleston Navy Yard after 1 year and 5 months of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 07 March 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    42k William Ignatius Halloran was born on 23 July 1915 to Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Halloran in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended John Carroll University from 1934 to 1936 followed by two more years at Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences graduating in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Prior to enlisting in the Navy he worked as a News Writer for United Press in Columbus and was the first American Newspaperman killed in action in World War II. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an apprentice seaman 14 August 1940 receiving active duty training aboard the USS Arkansas. He was commissioned Ensign on 12 June 1941 having completed his training at the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (Abbott Hall), Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. He was assigned temporary duty at Naval Air Station, San Pedro, Calif., and later to USS Arizona on 30 June 1941. Ens. Halloran was among those lost in Arizona at Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941 during the attack by the Japanese Navy. He was posthumously awarded the Pearl Heart by General Order #186 on 21 January 1943. Other awards forwarded were the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the World War II Victory Medal on 22 November 1946. The Ohio State University named the Halloran House Dormitory in his memory.

    USS Halloran (DE 305) (1944-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Special Thanks to the Ohio State University Archives Department for their assistance.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    127k 21 June 1943: John R. Saroyan (Paint Lab) and Ross E. Morris (Industrial Lab) were the honorary keel layers for USS Halloran at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-4571-44)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    96k 14 January 1944: Mrs. L. J. Halloran (Sponsor) christens the USS Halloran (DE 305) at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. W. L. Friedell (Matron of Honor), Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. L. J. Halloran (Sponsor) and Capt. F. W. Scanland.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3369-44, National Archives)
    Paul Halloran
    133k 14 January 1944: Launching

    (National Archives)
    66k 07 June 1944: Underway, off Mare Island

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3344-44)
    71k 07 June 1944: Underway, off Mare Island

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3345-44)
    71k 07 June 1944: Underway, off Mare Island

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3346-44)
    65k 07 June 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - Underway, off Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3348-44)
    270k 07 June 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - A port broadside view of USS Halloran (DE 305) underway, off Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 83888 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    80k 21 June 1944: Stern view of Halloran departing Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-305-3343-44)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    134k late 1945: Photo taken from the troop ship General W. H. Gordon (AP 117), showing Halloran alongside.

    (USCG photographer Art Green)
    Paul Halloran
    201k undated: dry-dock, painting the bottom Jack MacMillan

    Halloran History
    View the USS Halloran (DE 305) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Halloran as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Halloran's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 May 1944 - 18 Oct. 1945Lcdr. / Cmdr. James G. Scripps, USNR Comm. CO
    2.) 18 Oct. 1945 - 11 Dec. 1945Lt. W. H. Thompson, USNR Decomm. CO

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