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|293k||Charles John Duffy, born 31 December 1919 in New York City, enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 25 April 1941 and was appointed an aviation cadet 13 November 1941. At 07:50 on 8 November 1942, French fighters rose from French Morocco to intercept a force of bombers from U.S. carriers Ranger and Suwanee. The French fighters were engaged by fighters from Ranger in a dogfight that felled seven French and four or five American planes. Bombs started falling on Casablanca Harbor at 0804. Flying a carrier aircraft, Ensign Duffy was killed in action while participating in the Naval Battle of Casablanca, French Morocco, during the landings in North Africa.
USS Duffy (DE 27) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|100k||16 April 1943: Mrs. Clarence Huston (Matron of Honor), left, and Mrs. Thomas Vice (Sponsor) are shown just prior to the launching of USS Duffy (DE 27) at Mare Island Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-27-2663-43)||Darryl Baker|
|100k||16 April 1943: Mrs. Thomas Vice christens the USS Duffy at Mare Island Navy Yard. Radm W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commandant, to the left of Mrs. Vice assists her in the christening. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-27-2675-43)|
|130k||16 April 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - The destroyer escort USS Duffy (DE 27), at her launching, at the Mare Island Navy Yard. At the time, she was still intended for transfer to the British and was designated BDE-27, with no name assigned. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 78688 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)||Robert Hurst|
|83k||16 April 1943: Broadside view of the USS Duffy (DE 27) immediately after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-27-2676-43)||Darryl Baker|
|152k||7 July 1943: Bow view of the USS Dempsey (DE 26) (inboard) and USS Duffy (DE 27) (outboard) pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard outfitting pier. USS Wintle (DE 25) is aft of Dempsey and Duffy. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-25-4547-43)|
|205k||7 July 1943: Stern view of the USS Dempsey (DE 26) (inboard) and USS Duffy (DE 27) (outboard) pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard outfitting pier. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-26-4546-43)|
|Duffy's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 05 Aug. 1943 - 15 Dec. 1943||Cdr. George Ambrose Parkinson, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 15 Dec. 1943 - 18 Mar. 1945||Lcdr. Francis Patrick Lyons, USNR|
|3.) 18 Mar. 1945 - 19 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. William Donald Moody, USNR|
|4.) 19 Sep. 1945 - 09 Nov. 1945||Lt. Robert Alfred Bush, USNR (decomm.)|
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