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|John Anderson Moore was born in Brownwood, Texas on 12 January 1910 and raised in Bisbee, Ariz. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from Arizona in 1928. Graduating in 1932
he was assigned to the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39). On 02 June 1935 he was promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade. In January of 1936, Moore attended Submarine School at the U.S.
Naval Submarine Base in New London, Conn. After graduation he was assigned to USS S-35. Remaining there for a short while, he was soon transferred to USS S-33 where he
gained skill as a submariner, becoming the boat's engineering officer. In January of 1939 he was transferred to USS R-4 as her engineering officer. In October of 1939 he was transferred
to USS Sands (DD 243). Promoted to Lieutenant 01 May 1940, he was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, D.C. that November. While in Washington he was promoted to
Lieutenant Commander on 15 June 1942, and Commander on 18 November 1942.
On 15 July 1943, Commander Moore assumed command of the Gar Class submarine USS Grayback (SS 208) while she was in San Francisco for overhaul. Grayback already had seven war patrols to her credit. Arriving at Pearl Harbor on 12 September 1943, Grayback prepared for her eighth war patrol. Sailing on 26 September with Shad (SS 235), she rendezvoused with Cero (SS 225) at Midway to form the first of the Submarine Force's highly successful wolfpacks. The three submarines under Capt. Charles B. Momsen in Cero, cruised the China Sea and returned to base with claims of 38,000 tons sunk and 63,300 damaged. Grayback departed Pearl Harbor for the East China Sea on 02 December 1943 for her ninth war patrol. Within five days of her first contact with Japanese ships, she had expended all her torpedoes in a brilliant series of attacks which netted four ships for a total of over 10,000 tons.
Grayback began her tenth war patrol sailing from Pearl Harbor on 28 January 1944 for the East China Sea. On 26 February 1944, Grayback suffered damage when land-based Japanese naval aircraft attacked her in the East China Sea, but sank the naval transport Ceylon Maru the next day [27 February]. That same day, a Japanese carrier-based plane spotted a submarine on the surface in the East China Sea and attacked. According to Japanese reports the submarine "exploded and sank immediately," but antisubmarine craft were called in to depth-charge the area, clearly marked by a trail of air bubbles, until at last a heavy oil slick swelled to the surface. Grayback had ended her last patrol, one which cost the enemy some 21,594 tons of shipping.
Commander John A. Moore was awarded three Navy Crosses, one each for Grayback's eighth, ninth, and tenth war patrols. He is memorialized on the Wall of the Missing, at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
USS John A. Moore (FFG 19) (1981-2000) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1932.)
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 92323 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|202k||01 November 1981: San Pedro, Cal. - Elevated port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS John A. Moore (FFG 19) docked.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11916 by Joseph Ernest, from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|118k||14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - A joint Navy and Marine honor guard participates in the commissioning of the John A. Moore.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00672 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
|81k||14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Commander Alan W. Swinger, prospective commanding officer, speaks during the commissioning ceremony
for the John A. Moore.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00646 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
|91k||14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Members of the crew go aboard John A. Moore during the commissioning ceremony.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00668 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
|71k||14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Lieutenant Commander Gregory L. Hansen, executive officer, sets the first watch during the commissioning ceremony.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00665 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
|128k||14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Guests tour John A. Moore at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver
Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate. Note the Mk 13 missile launcher armed with an RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00651 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
|236k||from the image library of the National War College, date / location unknown||Bill Gonyo|
|141k||05 May 1982: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of John A. Moore underway during sea trials.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07308 by Bath Iron Works, from the DVIC)
|142k||02 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A partial port view of John A. Moore docked at the U.S. Naval Ship
Repair Facility. A large crane (YD-120-SRF) is positioned alongside the frigate.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07738 by PHAN M. Anderson, from the DVIC)
|223k||02 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A partial port view of John A. Moore docked at the U.S. Naval Ship
Repair Facility. A large crane (YD-120-SRF) is positioned alongside the frigate.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07737 by PHAN M. Anderson, from the DVIC)
|76k||16 June 1985: photographed off Cebu, Philippines
(Three photo series © Karsten Petersen)
|321k||01 March 1987: At sea - A starboard beam view of John A. Moore underway in heavy seas.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06748 from the DVIC)
|139k||01 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07487 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
|167k||01 April 1988: At sea - Crewmembers stand by at their deck stations during an underway replenishment.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07486 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
|150k||01 April 1988: At sea - A crewman sits on a capstan on the stern of John A. Moore.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07485 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
|118k||01 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment with the miscellaneous flagship USS
Coronado (AGF 11).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07488 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
|129k||01 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment with the miscellaneous flagship USS Coronado (AGF 11).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07489 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
|324k||27 July 1988: Vancouver, B.C. - John A. Moore underway slowly heading into Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of Chris Howell)||Chris Howell|
Southland Ship Stores Ltd
Port of Bluff, New Zealand
|121k||17 March 1991: San Diego Harbor - An overhead bow view of John A. Moore laying-to as the aircraft carrier USS
Ranger (CV 61) passes by en route to the sea.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00476 by PHAN Rich from the DVIC)
|138k||Taken in May 2000 by the ship's embarked SH-2G from HSL-84 outbound from Mazatlan, Mexico enroute to her homeport in San Diego from her last deployment in U.S. service. During this deployment, the ship interdicted and estimated 11.5 metric tons of cocaine and disrupted drug-running operations in the Western Pacific and Caribbean. The ship was decommissioned 01 September 2000 and immediately recommissioned in the Turkish Navy as TCG Gediz (F-495). She and her crew were great and lived up to the ship's motto "Never Give In!" I was privileged to be her last CO in the U.S. Navy.||H.L. Stone III|
ROTC Unit CO
SUNY Maritime College
|277k||22 January 2003: At sea aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Turkish NATO Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate TCG Gediz (F-495)
operates near Harry S. Truman. Truman and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) were deployed on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation
(U.S. Navy photo #030122-N-9851B-005 by PH2 John L. Beeman)
|217k||12 July 2004: At sea in the Atlantic Ocean - The Turkish Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate TCG Gediz (F-495) operates near
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) (left), and the Italian Navy Garibaldi Class aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551), underway in the Atlantic Ocean, while
participating in Exercise Majestic Eagle 2004. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air,
undersea and surface warfare groups.|
(U.S. Navy photo #030122-N-9851B-005 (DN-SD-05-02331) by PH2 John L. Beeman)
|111k||04 May 2009: Istanbul, Turkey - The Turkish Navy guided missile frigate TCG Gediz (F-495) tied to mooring buoy in the Bosphorus off Instanbul.
Note Bosphorus Bridge.
(Photo taken by Kevin Fox)
England, United Kingdom
|John A. Moore Memorabilia
|John A. Moore's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Number, Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 14 Nov. 1981 - 04 Feb. 1984||Cmdr. Alan William Swinger|
|2.) 04 Feb. 1984 - 07 Jun. 1986||Cmdr. Howard F. Lee|
|3.) 07 Jun. 1986 - 17 Aug. 1988||Cmdr. John W. Bonnett|
|4.) 17 Aug. 1988 - 25 Jul. 1990||Cmdr. William F. Hickman|
|5.) 25 Jul. 1990 - 20 May 1992||Cmdr. Roger Louis Buschmann|
|6.) 20 May 1992 - 08 Jan. 1994||Cmdr. Donald G. Norton|
|7.) 08 Jan. 1994 - 12 Jan. 1996||Cmdr. Craig Robert Solem|
|8.) 12 Jan. 1996 - 02 Jul. 1997||Cmdr. Michael John Owens (Cottage Grove, Ore.)|
|9.) 02 Jul. 1997 - 25 Jun. 1999||Cmdr. Joseph Robert Martin Jr.|
|10.) 25 Jun. 1999 - 01 Sep. 2000||Capt. Howard Lyons Stone III|
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