Allied Warships

USS Shea (DM 30)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDM 30 
ModDestroyer Minelayer 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down28 Dec 1943 
Launched20 May 1944 
Commissioned30 Sep 1944 
End service9 Apr 1958 

Former DD 750, completed as Destroyer Minelayer DM-30.
Decommissioned 9 April 1958.
Stricken 1 September 1973.
Sold 16 August 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Shea (DM 30)

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1Cdr. Charles Cochran Kirkpatrick, USN30 Sep 194413 Jul 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Willard Young Howell, USN13 Jul 194519 Jul 1945
3Cdr. Elward Francis Baldridge, USN19 Jul 1945Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Shea include:

21 Oct 1944
USS Shea departed from New York bound for Bermuda for her shakedown cruise.

16 Nov 1944
With her shakedown completed USS Shea departed from Bermuda bound for Norfolk.

13 Dec 1944
USS Shea departed from Norfolk bound for New York.

14 Dec 1944
USS Shea arrived at New York.

31 Dec 1944
USS Shea arrived at San Francisco, California.

4 Jan 1945
USS Shea departed from San Francisco bound for Pearl Harbor.

2 Mar 1945
USS Shea arrived at Eniwetok.

19 Mar 1945
USS Shea departed from Ulithi to participate in the Okinawa campaign.

24 Mar 1945
USS Shea arrived in the Okinawa area.

4 May 1945
While on radar picket duty of Okinawa USS Shea is hit by a Japanese Baka 'bomb' in position 27°26'N, 126°59'E. 27 men of her crew were killed and 91 were injured. Shea put into Kerama Retto for temporary repairs.

15 May 1945
Shea departed from Kerama Retto bound for Ulithi.

27 May 1945
Shea departed from Ulithi bound for the US east coast.

6 Jun 1945
Shea arrived at Pearl Harbor.

9 Jun 1945
Shea departed from Pearl Harbor.

2 Jul 1945
Shea arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for full repairs.

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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