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USS BEALE

(DD-471)

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USS BEALE (DD-471) - a Fletcher-class destroyer

In Commission 1942 to 1968

DD-471 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1941 Keel Date: 19 DEC 1941
at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation Staten Island
AUG 1942 Launch Date: 24 AUG 1942
DEC 1942 Commissioned: 23 DEC 1942
JAN 1945 - JAN 1945 Middle Pacific
JAN 1945 - NOV 1945 West Pac
MAY 1954 - OCT 1954 Mediterranean
APR 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 2 APR 1957 - Indian Ocean
APR 1961 - APR 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion/Desron 28
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1963 - MAY 1964 Mediterranean
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1968 Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1968

DD-471 General Specifications

Class: Fletcher-class destroyer

Named for: Edward Fitzgerald Beale

Complement: 329 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2050 tons

Length: 376 feet 6 inches

Beam: 39 feet 8 inches

Flank Speed: 35 knots

Range: 6500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sunk as target 24 June 1969



USS BEALE (DD-471)



Reporting to the Pacific Fleet Beale took part in the landings at Cape Gloucester New Britain (2-28 December 1943 and 23 January-1 February 1944) Saidor New Guinea (2--22 January); bombardment of Sio New Guinea (8-January); Admiralty Islands landings (27 February-8 March); bombardment off Wewak New Guinea (1-19 March) Hollandia landings (22 April); Wakde-Toem landings (17 May); Biak landings (27 May-9 June); night destroyer action off Biak (8-9 June); Noemfoor Island landings (2 July); Wewak-Aitape landings (16- 24 July); Cape Sansapor New Guinea landings (30 July); Peleliu Palaus landings (15 September); and invasion of Okinawa (1-24 April 1945). As a fitting climax to her outstanding career she took part in the 3rd Fleet air strikes against the Japanese home islands (26 July-7 August 1945) bringing an end to the war.


Beale remained in the Western Pacific on occupation duty until 80 November 1945. She then returned home and went out of commission in reserve at Charleston Navy Yard 11 April 1946.


Reclassified DDE 471 2 January 1951 she was converted at Boston Naval Shipyard and recommissioned 1 November 1951. Through 1956 Beale has made six Caribbean training cruises and one trip to Halifax Nova Scotia. She also made three tours in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet.


Beale received six battle stars tor her World War II service.

[Note: The above USS BEALE (DD-471) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BEALE (DD-471) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]