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DD-777 USS ZELLARS Sumner Class Destroyer Military Patch 44-71 Cards

USS ZELLARS DD-777

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USS Zellars (DD-777), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named for Thomas Edward Zellars, a lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy who served on the Mississippi (BB-41). On 12 June 1924, Thomas Zellars and 47 other crew members died in a firing accident. However before they were killed, Zellars apparently opened a flood valve that extinguished the fire, preventing further damage to the ship and likely saving the lives of his shipmates. The destroyer that was named for him was laid down on 24 December 1943 at Seattle, Washington, by the Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc.; launched on 19 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas M. Zellars; and commissioned on 25 October 1944, Commander Blinn Van Mater in command. Zellars was decommissioned on 19 March 1971, and her name was struck from the Navy List. Set aside for sale to the Iranian government, she was moved to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where she underwent extensive modification over the next 20 months. Renamed Babr (DDG-7), she was commissioned in the Iranian Navy on 12 October 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. As of 1998, she remained active with the Iranian Navy, though non-operational since 1994 and awaiting scrapping. Zellars earned one battle star during World War II and four battle stars during the Korean War.