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ex-HMS Byard (BDE-17)

USS Edward C. Daly (DE 17)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - O - J
Nicknamed "The Daly Double"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Edward C. Daly (DE 17) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1942: Keel laid as Byard BDE-17 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 21 October 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John H. McQuilkin, wife of Lt. McQuilkin
  • 19 February 1943: Retained for use in the U.S. Navy and assigned her name
  • 03 April 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. G. A. Parkinson, USNR, in command
  • 20 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2.7 years of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 08 January 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    Edw. C. Daly 102k 21 October 1942: San Francisco, Cal. - Photo of the christening of the future HMS Byard (BDE 17) at Mare Island NSY. Mrs. John H, McQuilkin, center smashes bottle of champagne against bow while Mrs. Stanislaus Z. Natcher, Matron of Honor, far left, Capt W. E. Malloy, Planning Officer, second from the left and Capt A. D. Denny, Captain of the Yard, back to the camera look on. Mrs. McQuilkin is the wife of Lt. John H. McQuilkin, superintendent of destroyer escort program at the shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Edw. C. Daly 315k 21 October 1942: Vallejo, Cal. - The future HMS Byard (BDE 17) slides down the building way at Mare Island Navy Yard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Edw. C. Daly 205k 26 February 1945 1945: Vallejo, Cal. - USS Edward C. Daly (DE 17) off the Mare Island Navy Yard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-79880 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Edw. C. Daly 485k 26 February 1945: San Francisco Bay - A wartime ship portrait taken off the Mare Island Navy Yard.
    (Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection, U.S. National Archives) (This copy from the collection of Gordon R. Deits, Daly's last CO and Tom's Dad)
    Thomas Deits
    Jim Smith,
    in honor of his father-in-law,
    Bruce Gruneisen, USN
    Edw. C. Daly 172k 03 March 1945: Vallejo, Cal. - USS Edward C. Daly (DE 17) at the Mare Island Navy Yard in California. Note crewmen at quarters on the foredeck.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-79885 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Edw. C. Daly 62k 08 October 1945: the Pacific Ocean -

    1st Lt. Deeson, USAAF, is rescued from his survival raft after the crash at sea of the B-29 he served in.

    The photo with two life rafts is another rescue at sea on the same day of airmen from the PBY (call sign 32V 144).

    (Photos from the personal collection of Gordon R. Deits, Daly's last CO and Tom's Dad)
    Thomas Deits
    Edw. C. Daly 62k
    Edw. C. Daly 97k January - March 1945: Shown during yard refit at Mare Island Navy Yard. Stern view, note new quad 40mm gun mount aft. Robert Hurst
    Edw. C. Daly 462k 26 February 1945: Vallejo, Cal. - Edward C. Daly (DE 17) lays to off Mare Island Navy Yard.
    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Edw. C. Daly 111k 26 February 1945: Bow on view of Edward C. Daly off Mare Island. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 19 January until 03 March 1945.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-17-1433-45)
    Edw. C. Daly 94k 26 February 1945: Stern view, note new quad 40mm gun mount aft.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-17-1428-45)
    Edw. C. Daly 183k March 1945: Mare Island NSY Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    Edw. C. Daly ---k During a recent visit to an antique store I ran across three large sheets from an old scrap book. You know the type, large pieces of heavy black paper with photos glued in place. Each photo was numbered and an accompanying legend provided details about each photo. After some research, I determined that the owner of the original scrap book was Chester Stephen Morgan Jr. As an ensign in the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the USS Edward C. Daly (DE 17) during 1945 and 1946. My guess is that he took most of the photos, although a few are of him. Mr. Morgan died in 2013 and my guess is that the scrap book slipped out of the family's hands as part of an estate sale. The photos are of interest because they include a number of group shots. Most poignant is the photo of a burial at sea. It appears to be the burial described in the ship's log you already have posted on NavSource.
    *** Click on photo to view scrapbook ***
    Charles Zeier
    Clinton, Tenn.

    Edward C. Daly Memorabilia
    War Cruise
    Edw. C. Daly
    Courtesy of
    Thomas Deits
    Log Sheet
    08/09 October 1945
    Edw. C. Daly
    Courtesy of
    Thomas Deits

    Edward C. Daly History
    View the USS Edward C. Daly (DE 17) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Edward C. Daley's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 03 Apr. 1943 - 17 Jun. 1943Cmdr. George Ambrose Parkinson, USNR (Comm. CO) (Janesville, Wis.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    2.) 17 Jun. 1943 - 27 Nov. 1943Lt. Alvin Paul Chester, USNR (New York, N.Y.)
    3.) 27 Nov. 1943 - 12 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Albert Philip Merrill, USNR
    4.) 12 Feb. 1945 - 20 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Gordon Robert Deits, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Seattle, Wash.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion To be announced.
    Contact Name: Bill Glover
    Address: 1929 SW 16th Place / Deerfield Beach FL 33442-8026
    Phone: (954) 571-5157

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