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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"
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 Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 14
  • 01 July 1972: Decommissioned after 14 years and 9⅔ months of service, Struck from the NVR
  • 15 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    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 01 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
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    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
    Clifton, N.J.
    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 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 (DE 1030) leaving port.

    (All Three Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Joseph K. Taussig
    Joseph K. Taussig
    Joseph K. Taussig
    87k c. 1968, photo taken after the DASH hanger was added Larry Goulet,
    MMCS(SW), USN (ret.),
    Crew member 1969 - 1971
    Joseph K. Taussig
    368k 19 August 1969: Guayaquil, Ecuador - While participating in UNITAS X exercises, an Ecuadorian sailboat crosses the bow of the destroyer escort USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) as she enters the port.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo, Catalog #L53-41.08.08 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    ***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
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Joseph K. Taussig
    350k 16 September 1970: Two views, shot minutes apart, of USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) underway in the Mediterranean Sea.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #USN 1145915 and #NH 107507 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Joseph K. Taussig

    Joseph K. Taussig Memorabilia
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    Joseph K. Taussig History
    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 Steward Moore (USNA '70) (Navy Jr., Bethesda, Md.)
    2.)  Jun. 1958 - Nov. 1959Lcdr. Marshall Douglas Ward (Mount Airy, N.C.)
    3.)  Nov. 1959 - Jun. 1961Lcdr. Kenneth Wesley Gavitt (Narragansett, R.I.)
    4.)  Jun. 1961 - Jul. 1963Lcdr. Grant Joseph Walker (Ramey, Pa.)
    5.)  Jul. 1963 - 1965Lcdr. Richard Dennis Heenan (OCS 51) (Flushing, Mich.)
    6.)  1965 - 1966Lcdr. Earl Wallace Numbers
    7.)  1966 - 1968Cdr. George Wythe Davis Jr. (USNA '55) (Columbia, S.C.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    8.)  1968 - 1970Lcdr. George William Horsley Jr. (Springfield, Ill.)
    9.)  1970 - 1971Lcdr. William Osler Huckabay Jr. (Red River, La.)
    10.) 1971 - 1972Lcdr. Ralph William Ortengren Jr.
    11.) 1972 - 01 Jul. 1972Lt. James J. Ostertag (Philadelphia, Pa.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2022 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys
    Escort Squadrons 8, 10, 14

    15 - 18 September 2022 at Baltimore, Md.
    the Washington-Dulles Airport Hilton
    Chairman: Marc Arsenault
    Address: 98 Oxbow Road
    City/State: Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
    E-mail: marc-a at
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