Allied Warships

USS Moale (DD 693)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 693 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down5 Aug 1943 
Launched16 Jan 1944 
Commissioned28 Feb 1944 
End service2 Jul 1973 

Decommissioned and stricken 2 July 1973.
Sold 13 November 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Moale (DD 693)

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1T/Cdr. Walter Manley Foster, USN28 Feb 19448 May 1945
2T/Cdr. Charles Malaher Lyons, Jr., USN8 May 194520 May 1945
3T/Cdr. Robert Power Walker, USN20 May 194518 Jan 1947

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Notable events involving Moale include:

3 Dec 1944
In Ormoc Bay USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr Norman John Sampson), USS Moale (Cdr Walter Manley Foster) and USS Cooper (Cdr Mell Andrew Peterson) battle with the Japanese escort destroyers Kuwa and Take (both offsite links). During this battle USS Cooper sank the Kuwa in position 10°50'N, 124°35'E with gunfire but Cooper herself is sunk in position 10°54'N, 124°36'E by a torpedo from Kuwa. Moale is damaged by gunfire during this action as is the Japanese Take.

Around 0145 hours the two remaining US destroyers retired from Ormoc Bay bound for San Pedro Bay where they arrived later that day.

16 Feb 1945
USS Barton and USS Ingraham are both damaged in collision off Iwo Jima in position 31°45'N, 141°54'E. The damaged destroyers and USS Moale depart from the area bound for Saipan.

17 Feb 1945
While en route to Saipan USS Barton, USS Ingraham and USS Moale sink the Japanese guard boats Nanshin Maru No.35 in position 30°00'N, 137°30'E, Kyowa Maru No.3 in position 31°00'N, 137°30'E.

18 Feb 1945
USS Barton, USS Ingraham and USS Moale sink the Japanese guard boat Fukuichi Maru No.5 in position 30°00'N, 141°00'E.

20 Feb 1945
USS Barton, USS Ingraham and USS Moale arrive at Saipan.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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