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|172k||Ulvert Mathew Moore was born on 26 August 1917 at Williamson, W.Va. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 15 October 1940 at Washington, D.C., and served as
a seaman 2d class until appointed an aviation cadet on 14 January 1941. After flight training at Jacksonville and Miami, Fla., into the summer of 1941, Moore then received advanced carrier
training at Norfolk, Va. Assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT) 8, embarked in Hornet (CV 8), soon thereafter, Moore was killed in action on 4 June 1942, during the Battle of Midway.
Flying a Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, Ens. Moore perished in VT-8's gallant torpedo attack, led by Lt. Comdr. John C. Waldron, against the Japanese carrier Akagi of the Midway-bound
task force under Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo. Moore was awarded a posthumous Navy Cross for pressing home his attack despite being grimly aware that VT-8 had neither fighter cover nor enough
fuel to return to Hornet. However, the sacrifice of "Torpedo 8" was not in vain. The attack drew down the Japanese combat air patrol and left the skies above open for the attack
of the dive bombers which soon crippled three Japanese carriers on the first day of the battle and thus paved the way to an American victory.
USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 93595 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
(Note: This photo of Torpedo Squadron Eight pilots was taken in May 1942. The only pilot to survive the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was Ens. George H. Gay, Jr.)
July 1944: New York Harbor - A three view series of builder photos of the future USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442).
|49k||July 1944: A final builder's photo.|
|108k||The forward 20 and 40mm guncrew. (40mm shell passer: August Crisp on left; pointer: Tom Collins in center; loader: F. Hoffman on right; T. Shamblin at director)|
|72k||score two for the good guys|
|82k||the ship’s mascot, ready for duty|
|86k||Operating with USS Corregidor (CVE 58), out of Pearl Harbor between mid-October and mid-November 1944|
|155k||rough seas off the coast of Mexico, October 1944|
|194k||Frank Esposito and Frank Pulicare in a game of stickball on the fantail|
|105k||Entertainment was simple for self-starters, and always got a great reception. Lt. Bill Bell at the organ, and Lt. Hugo Francis on the harmonica.|
|121k||We were all very grateful we never had to use our torpedoes.|
|75k||MM1 Joe Timko tests his home made diving rig before going down to assess damage to the bilge keel. Carpenter's Mates August Crisp and Paul Hand look on.|
|492k||undated: Wartime starboard broadside view of the destroyer escort USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) underway, hull painted in camouflage.
(U.S. Navy National Archive photo #19-N-68164 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|301k||17 January 1956: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Four destroyer escorts are in dry dock #2 at Mare Island. Back row are: USS Ulvert M. Moore
(DE 442) left and USS William Seiverling (DE 441) right; front row are: USS Wiseman (DE 667) left and USS Lewis (DE 535) right. All were in dock
from 15 December 1955 to 18 January 1956 and started overhaul on 28 November 1955. Wiseman completed overhaul on 29 February 1956, Seiverling & Moore
completed on 11 February 1956 and Lewis completed on 9 March 1956.
(U.S. Navy photo #MINSY 27713-1-56)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|580k||21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Crew of the USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) are at quarters for the change of command ceremonies at
Mare Island Naval Shipyard.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE 442 277X1-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Lcdr Thomas G. Slattery reads his orders as he relieves Lcdr Robert E. Fitzgerald, to his right, as Commanding Officer of the ship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
(U.S. Navy photo #277X2-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
21 January 1956: Vallejo, Cal. - Lcdr Thomas G. Slattery and Lcdr Robert E. Fitzgerald stand together on the brow of Ulvert M. Moore after their Change-ofCommand ceremony at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
(U.S. Navy photo #277X3-1-56 from the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum)
|71k||1957: Moore coming alongside USS Wiseman (DE 667).||Jim Blessitt|
USS Wiseman (DE 667)
|83k||Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) in the 1960s. Note whip aerials, awning over bridge, quad and two twin 40 mm Bofors aft, one twin forward. The quad
40mm Bofors has radar control, and depth charge throwers have been moved forward to give a clear field of fire to the after 5"/38 mounting. This ship has been awarded the Efficiency "E"
and the fact is well advertised on the gun mounts. Colour is Haze Gray and Dark Gray decks and horizontal surfaces.
(Photo from Real Photographs) (Photo and text taken from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott).
England, United Kingdom
|Ulvert M. Moore
|Ulvert M. Moore History|
|View the USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Ulvert M. Moore as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Ulvert M. Moore's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Jul. 1944 – 22 Jun. 1945||Lcdr. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., USNR (Hyde Park, N.Y.)|
|2.) 22 Jun. 1945 - .. .... 1945||Lcdr. Garrett Eddy, USNR|
|3.) .. .... 1945 - .. Mar. 1946||Lt. William H. Bell Jr., USNR|
|4.) .. Mar. 1946 – 05 May 1946||Lcdr. E. G. Fitz-Patrick, USNR|
|5.) 27 Jan. 1951 - .. .... 1952||Cmdr. John Abercrombie Mullen|
|7.) .. .... - 21 Jan.1956||Lcdr. Robert E. Fitzgerald|
|8.) 21 Jan.1956 - .. Jun. 1957||Lcdr. Thomas G. Slattery (Wichita, Kan.)|
|9.) .. Jun. 1957 - .. .... 1958||Lcdr. Wayne Douglas Surface (USNA ‘44) (Des Moines, Iowa)|
|10.) .. .... 1958 - 10 Oct. 1958||Lcdr. Thomas P. Wattle|
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