The Beale Band
This is a "gallery" of photos and documents of the Beale Band. It was formed in the early 1960's by QMC Bob Gainor. They played when the Beale was refueling, rearming, taking on stores and other high-line operations. Also, it sometimes played when entering port or in honor of other ships in its company. Its members changed from time to time because of transfers and discharges. I only wish we had some recordings of their "tunes". Otto E. is playing the sousaphone and Bob Hagspihl is on the trombone. Do you recognize anyone else. Please let us know.
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Beale Plank Owners 1942
This is a list of the DD-471's Plankowners. There are 264 names in the roster. All are enlisted men. Officers were omitted. You will find some names you may know such as Milton Lund and John Raggie. To view the list, you can step through the pages by clicking on the "arrows" at the edges. If you want to read the names, just click on any of the pages.
The black columns are where we have redacted the service numbers of the crew. Since our web site is in the public domain, it is better to be safe then sorry.
Should you have any other crew lists you think ought to be published, please contact us..
Beale Plank Owners 1951
On 1 November 1951, the Beale was recommissioned as DDE-471. This is complete list of Plankowners on this date.
To view the list, you can step through the pages by clicking on the "arrows" at the edges. If you want to read the names, just click on any of the pages.
Pictures of the Beale
This is a slide show of the Beale at sea taken between the years of 1942 and 1968. They're not in any particular order. They will change every few seconds. You can click on one to go into the "expand mode" then click on the right or left arrows to look through them. If you have other pictures of the Beale you would want to share, please contact us. Enjoy!
The following photos are from a book published c. 1960-1962 by COMDESFLOT 4. It is titled DESFLOT 4 (Destroyer Flotilla 4). At the time, Beale was an element of DESFLOT 4. The pics shown below are excerpts copied from the book using a camera. This explains why they are not cropped and a bit askew. The book was submitted by LTJG Ed Bales.
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Miscellaneous but Very Important Photos
OC Division 1963. Still working on identifying those in photo. Please contact us if you can help. Click on the pic for a better view.
USS Beale DDE-471 50 Star Jack, circa 1960.
From the collection of Dave Achs, SM3.
USS Beale DDE-471, Ship's Bell, circa 1960.
From the collection of Leonard Wilson, SFM2, 1955-1959.