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USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - F - F- N
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Bishops Hill"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


"We Are Ready"
Specifications:
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1956: Keel laid at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J.
  • 09 March 1957: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joseph K. Taussig, widow of Vice Admiral Taussig
  • 10 September 1957: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Lcdr R. S. Moore in command, assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 July 1972: Decommissioned, Struck from the NVR
  • 15 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Joseph K. Taussig 101k Artist's conception of Joseph K. Taussig (as built) by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Joseph K. Taussig 58k Joseph K. Taussig was born 30 August 1877 in Dresden, Germany and entered the Naval Academy in 1895. As a midshipman, he served on the flagship New York during the Battle of Santiago in the Spanish-American War. Following his graduation, in 1899 he was assigned to Newark and participated in the Allied Peking Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion. After 2 years as a naval cadet, he was commissioned Ensign 28 January 1901 to begin a series of promotions and distinctions that would underscore his illustrious service to the Navy.

    In July 1916, after serving in battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and on staffs afloat, he took command of Division 8, Destroyer Force, the first group of American destroyers sent abroad during World War I. After crossing the storm and gale filled Atlantic, Comdr. Taussig was asked by the Commander in Chief of the Coasts of Ireland when he would be ready for sea. Taussig replied in the now famous words; "We are ready now, Sir." He received the Distinguished Service Medal for World War I service. After the war he continued to serve the Navy at home and abroad. In 1922 his ship, Cleveland, rendered assistance to the victims of an earthquake and tidal wave in Chile. He served at the Naval War College, from 1923 to 1926. He also saw duty in the Bureau of Navigation, as Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, and as Commandant, 5th Naval District, in addition to commanding a battleship division and cruiser scouting force. Vice Admiral Taussig retired in 1941 but was recalled to active duty in 1943 to serve in the office of the Secretary of the Navy until 1 June 1947, only a few months before his death 29 October 1947.

    USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) (1957-1972) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bill Gonyo
    Joseph K. Taussig 82k An undated postcard view of Joseph K. Taussig.    (Postcard © Arnold Art Store, Newport, R.I.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: A unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet home ported at Newport, R.I. on Narragansett Bay. (Official U.S. Navy photograph)
    Mike Smolinski
    Joseph K. Taussig 89k An undated postcard view of Joseph K. Taussig.    (Postcard #52210-C © Arnold Art Store, Newport, R.I.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption is in Spanish and reads: El U.S.S. Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) es un barco escorta designado para protejer los convyes contra ataque submarino. Su puerto es Newport, Rhode Island, y es un miembro activo de la flota del Atlantico de los Estados Unidos.
    Joseph K. Taussig 359k 30 August 1957: Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pa. - USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) arrives for her commissioning ceremony, schedulted to be held on 10 September 1957. (U.S. Navy photo #CSF-3014-8-30-57 by Photo Lab, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard) Robert M. Cieri
    Joseph K. Taussig 140k January 1957: Newport, R.I. - Dressed for Christmas, with USS Lloyd Thomas (DD 764) inboard to her left and USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) outboard of her. (from the USS Lloyd Thomas Cruisebook, January - March 1957) Robert Hall
    ***Hammerberg / J.K. Taussig*** 214k 20 September 1962: New York, N.Y. - The trim lines of three destroyer escorts form a striking image along Pier 84. These ships (left to right) USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028), USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) and USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030), are part of a six-ship group visiting the city before going back to sea. Robert M. Cieri
    Joseph K. Taussig 140k June 1965: Boston Harbor - Joseph K. Taussig (DE1030) leaving port.


    (All Three Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Joseph K. Taussig 76k
    Joseph K. Taussig 92k
    Joseph K. Taussig 87k c. 1968, photo taken after the DASH hanger was added Larry Goulet,
    MMCS(SW), USN (ret.),
    Crew member 1969 - 1971
    ***Dealey / Taussig*** 190k 25 July 1970: Newport, R.I. - USS Cascade (AD 16), with USS Dealey (DE 1006), Joseph K. Taussig, and USS McCloy (DE 1038) alongside, tied up at Naval Station Newport. (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt

    Joseph K. Taussig Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Jos. K. Taussig
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Lighter
    Jos. K. Taussig
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Joseph K. Taussig's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Sep. 1957 - Jun. 1958Lcdr. Richard Stewart Moore
    2.)  Jun. 1958 - Nov. 1959Lcdr. Marshall Douglas Ward
    3.)  Nov. 1959 - Jun. 1961Lcdr. Kenneth Wesley Gavitt
    4.)  Jun. 1961 - Jul. 1963Lcdr. Grant Joseph Walker
    5.)  Jul. 1963 - 1965Lcdr. Richard Dennis Heenan
    6.)  1965 - 1966Lcdr. Earl Wallace Numbers
    7.)  1966 - 1968Cdr. George Wilmot Davis, Jr. (ret. as Vadm.)
    8.)  1968 - 1970Lcdr. George William Horsley, Jr.
    9.)  1970 - 1971Lcdr. William Osler, Jr.
    10.) 1971 - 1972Lcdr. R. W. Ortengren, Jr.
    11.) 1972 - 01 Jul. 1972Lt. James J. Ostertag

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2014 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys, CortRon 8, 10, 14
    5 - 8 September 2014 at Boston, Mass.
    Chairman: Marc Arsenault
    Address: 98 Oxbow Road / Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
    E-mail: marc-a@charter.net
    or
    contact through Newport Dealey link below

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    Additional Resources

    Home of the Newport Dealeys
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Joseph K. Taussig
    USS Joseph K. Taussig Page on Military.Com
    USS Joseph K. Taussig Page on Destroyers Online
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