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|52k||Roy Orestus Hale, Jr. was born on 10 May 1916 in Monroe, La. He graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign on 02 June 1938. After a year at sea, Hale
underwent aviation training at Pensacola, Miami, and San Diego and on 21 June 1941, joined Scouting Squadron 2 on board Lexington (CV 2). Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade)
in October, he remained on board that carrier after the United States entered World War II. He participated in the Pacific raids of February and March 1942 and flew his scout plane in the
Battle of the Coral Sea, 7-8 May. Failing to return from that mission, Hale was presumed killed in action and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary
achievement in aerial combat and his " ... courageous determination and aggressiveness ... attacking enemy aircraft in spite of fierce fighter opposition."
USS Roy O. Hale (DE 336) (1944-1963) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1938.)
|356k||Hampton Roads, Va. - USS Roy O. Hale (DE 336) photographed from USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) on Sunday, 04 June 1944. Roy O. Hale had just departed the Norfolk Naval Operating Base in company with Card (CVE 11), Dale W. Peterson (DE 337) and Broome (DD 210) heading for Newport. R.I.(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-241613 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)||Mike Smolinski|
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|87k||As DER 336, undated||Robert G. Lacey|
|139k||1958: Savannah, Ga. - taken while on a port visit||Lon Finnerty|
|197k||26 February 1959: at sea - photo caption... WAP-022608-2 2/26/59 Washington: File photo of the U.S.S. Roy Hale, a radar picket vessel equipped with the last anti-submarine and electronics equipment, which has been sent to the North Atlantic "to investigate the interruption of transatlantic cable service." 2/26 The Navy, which had issued the report, had no comment on a radio broadcast saying it was investigating the possibility of recently laid cables having been cut by Russian fishing boats, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL TELEPHOTO FROM DEFENSE DEPT, rtf.||Tommy Trampp|
Benton City, Wash.
|133k||27 February 1959: New York Mirror news clipping - Although primarily employed in the early warning program, Hale was called on to invoke an 1884 treaty for the protection of international submarine cables in February 1959. On the 26th, she sent a party aboard the Russian trawler Novorossisk to investigate reports from the American Telephone & Telegraph and Western Union companies that breaks had occurred in five transatlantic cables along the track of the trawler. There were no indications of intentions "other than fishing."||Lon Finnerty|
|153k||early 1960's: Newport, R.I. - Roy O. Hale lies tied up in her homeport between USS Rhodes (DER 384) and USS Hissem (DER 400).|
|150k||1962: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - on a port visit|
|Roy O. Hale Memorabilia
|Roy O. Hale History|
|View the USS Roy O. Hale (DE 336) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Roy O. Hale's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 03 Feb. 1944 -||22 Aug. 1944 Lcdr. William W. Bowie, USNR (Comm. CO) (New Orleans, La.)|
|2.) 22 Aug. 1944 -||.. Nov. 1945 Lcdr. Homer C. Pogue, USNR (Kansas City, Mo.)|
|3.) .. Nov. 1945 -||Lt. Edmund Roman Mietus, USNR (Milwaukee, Wis.)|
|4.) 29 Jan. 1957 -||Lcdr. Charles Neal|
|5.) .. Jan. 1959 -||Lcdr. Ernest J. Korte|
|6.) .. .... 1960 -||Lcdr. James Wilton Hayes(Milton, Mass.)|
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