|| 1 June 1943 |
|| 4 June 1944 |
|| 30 August 1944 |
|| September 1947 |
|| 15 November 1974 |
|| Transferred to South Korea, 2 February 1956 |
||Cannon-class destroyer escort |
||DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns) |
||1,240 tons (std) 1,620 tons (full) |
||306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 11' 8" (max) |
||10,800 nm @ 12 knots |
||21 knots |
||15 / 201 |
||3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks |
||4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws |
USS Muir (DE-770) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.
She was named in honor of Kenneth Hart Muir who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for his “outstanding courage and unselfish devotion to his men” when he went down with his ship after getting his men off before it went down.
Muir was laid down by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Florida, 1 June 1943; launched 4 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Witten H. McConnochie, sister of the late Lieutenant (jg.) Muir; and commissioned 30 August 1944, Lt. Comdr. Theodore A. O’Gorman, USNR, in command.
World War II North Atlantic operations
, British West Indies
operated as school ship
in the Chesapeake Bay
area from 16 November
into December. On 9 December
she sailed for Europe
, arriving off Gibraltar
the 26th to begin a year of convoy
duty between the east coast and Mediterranean
ports. She also served as part of a “Killer Group,” Task Group
22.13, so called because the primary duty was to hunt and destroy enemy submarines
. Towards the end of the European war, Muir
operated with Task Force
63 which stymied the German U-boats
’ final thrust against Allied shipping in the North Atlantic.
When the news of Germany’s surrender was received 8 May 1945
and her group began locating German submarines
to accept their surrender. On 10 May
she and USS Carter (DE-112)
through a dense fog, her black flag of surrender barely visible even at close range. She was turned over to two other escort ships for delivery to a U.S. port.
On 17 May Muir
joined USS Sutton (DE-771)
in escorting under guard publicized U-234
, with high ranking Luftwaffe
officers and men German civilian technicians on board, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
, arriving 2 days later. The escort ship continued on to New York City
, mooring the 20th.
Post-War Stateside Duties
From 14 June Muir
operated off Mayport, Florida
, with USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60)
, training carrier pilots for Pacific duty until Japan
surrendered in mid-August. On 27 August
she departed Mayport for Charleston Navy Yard
, Charleston, South Carolina
, arriving a day later.
After visiting Houston, Texas
, for Navy Day
, 27 October
, she devoted November and December to a cruise testing “SOFAR
,” a new long range, air sea rescue method. She traveled 7,500 miles in the Atlantic dropping bombs for naval ships in the Bahamas
to pick up the sound waves and plot the position of the destroyer escort as far away as Dakar
, French West Africa
In March 1946 Muir
reactivated and was assigned to the Operational Development Force., with Norfolk, Virginia
, as her homeport, for service into late 1947
In September 1947 she decommissioned and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida, until 2 February 1956 when she was delivered on loan under the Military Assistance Program to the Republic of Korea at Boston Naval Shipyard. Struck from the Navy list 1 July 1960, she continued to serve the South Korean Navy on loan as Kyongki (F 71) until she was stricken 28 December 1977 and sent to the Philippines for cannibalization of parts.