DD-747 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Named for: Samuel N. Moore
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:10 December 1969 to the Republic of China
USS SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD-747)
Samuel N. Moore ( DD-747) was laid down on 30 September 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Company Shipbuilding Yard
Iaunched on 23 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Samuel N. Moore and commissioned on 24 June 1944
Comdr. Horatio A. Lincoln in command.
Following shakedown off Bermuda
the new destroyer steamed
via the Panama Canal and Pearl Harbor
to the Pacific war zone
arriving at Ulithi on 3 November 1944. There she joined the Fast Carrier Task Force and defended Vice Admiral Mitscher's flattops from enemy aircraft and submarines. The carriers that she guarded launched numerous air strikes against Japanese positions in the Philippines
and the Japanese home islands. She was damaged by a typhoon on 5 June 1945. In an attack on the night of 22 and 23 July
she launched torpedoes at enemy shipping off the east entrance to Sagami Wan
Japan. She rescued one aviator on 10 June and two more on 18 July.
After Japan capitulated
Samuel N. Moore aided occupation forces
visiting Shanghai and Tsingtao China
Korea. From 1947 into 1950
she operated off the west coast. Departing San Diego on 1 May 1950
she steamed to the western Pacific.
In response to Communist aggression in Korea
she headed north from Hong Kong on 27 June. During the summer and fall
she served off Korea
before returning to San Diego on 11 February 1951. Sailing again for the Far East on 1 December
she guarded carriers and bombarded enemy shore installations in Korea from February to May 1952 before returning to San Diego on 26 June. Steaming from Long Beach on 2 February 1953
she returned to Korea. Defending the fast carriers again
she visited Koje Island in March. In April
she aided the defense of Yang-do Island and patrolled near Chongjin; in May
she fought enemy shore batteries at Wonsan Harbor. In June
she patrolled the Taiwan Strait
she provided shore bombardment off Korea. After the end of fighting in Korea
she returned to Long Beach on 30 August.
Departing Long Beach on 4 May 1954
she cruised with antisubmarine forces in the western Pacific
patrolled Taiwan Strait
and visited the Tachen Islands on 19 August
before returning to Long Beach on 5 December.
From 1955 through 1959
she made annual deployments to the western Pacific
visiting the Philippines
and Japan. In 1960 and 1961
she served with a specialized antisubmarine task force in the western Pacific
before conducting operations off the west coast in 1962 and 1963.
From 13 March to 2 October 1964
Samuel N. Moore was away from Long Beach on another deployment to the western Pacific. In August
during the crisis following the Gulf of Tonkin incident
Samuel N. Moore supplied ammunition to Maddox (DD-731)
and transferred documents from Maddox and Turner Joy (DD-951) to Ticonderoga (CVA-14).
Sailing from the west coast for the western Pacific on 28 September 1965
she provided gunfire support off Vietnam
operated as a plane guard in the South China Sea
and fired on targets in the Mekong Delta
before returning to Long Beach on 8 April. Getting underway again for the western Pacific on 28 March 1967
she patrolled off North Vietnam
as part of Operation "Sea Dragon
" and protected aircraft carriers in Tonkin Gulf
before arriving at Long Beach on 20 September. Underway from Long Beach to the western Pacific on 18 July 1968
she again guarded carriers in the Tonkin Gulf before returning to Long Beach on 26 February 1969.
she became a Naval Reserve training ship at Tacoma
Wash. Decommissioned on 24 October
she was struck from the Navy list that day. She was sold on 10 December 1969 to the Republic of China
in whose navy she serves as Heng Yang (DD-2) through 1974.
Samuel N. Moore received five battle stars for World War II
three battle stars for Korea
and seven battle stars for Vietnam.
[Note: The above USS SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD-747) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD-747) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]