USS Moale (DD 693)
Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Allen M. Sumner|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1942|
|Laid down||5 Aug 1943|
|Launched||16 Jan 1944|
|Commissioned||28 Feb 1944|
|End service||2 Jul 1973|
Decommissioned and stricken 2 July 1973.
Commands listed for USS Moale (DD 693)
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|1||T/Cdr. Walter Manley Foster, USN||28 Feb 1944||8 May 1945|
|2||T/Cdr. Charles Malaher Lyons, Jr., USN||8 May 1945||20 May 1945|
|3||T/Cdr. Robert Power Walker, USN||20 May 1945||18 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.
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.