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USS Paul (DE 1080)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - O - H - Z
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Sea Dragon / Big Bang"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star
Fourth Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 star - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon

"Power - Pride"
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Paul (DE 1080) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyard Corp.
  • 12 September 1969: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 20 June 1970: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Inez Paul, Lcpl Paul's mother
  • 14 August 1971: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Donald T. Cannell in command, assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Newport, R.I.
  • August 1973: Homeport assignment changed to Mayport, Fla.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1080)
  • 14 August 1992: Decommissioned after 21 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 January 2000: Grant Aid to Turkey as parts hulk
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    60k Joe Calvin Paul was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky on 23 April 1946. He graduated from grammar school and attended high school for one year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on 26 April 1963 in Dayton, Ohio shortly after his seventeenth birthday. In August 1963, after completing recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he underwent individual combat training with the Second Infantry Training Regiment, graduating in October 1963. He then joined Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, in Hawaii where he was promoted to private first class in December 1963 and to lance corporal in October 1964.

    With that unit, he sailed for the Far East, arriving in Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam on 07 May 1965 where this unit was redesignated Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. During Operation Starlight, on 18 August 1965, while serving as a fire team leader with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Lcpl Paul placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy and delivered effective suppressive fire in order to divert the Viet Cong long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. He fought in this exposed position until he was mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds the next day, 19 August 1965. Joe C. Paul was buried in the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 07 February 1967 during a ceremony in the Office of Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, who presented the award to his parents.

    USS Paul (DE 1080) (1971-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    100k July 1972: Paul shown entering Norfolk, Va. (Note from Joshua R. Lipman, Paul's First Lieutenant at the time - This photo was taken by a civilian photographer in an airplane and sold to the crew as we went on liberty. We had just finished our second yard period after commissioning and received the enlarged helo deck for LAMPS and the BPDMS. I still have a framed copy.) Edwin Evans
    232k circa 1972: Paul preparing to fuel at sea. Joshua Lipman
    58k circa 1975 - 1976: original bow and BPDMS system Edwin Evans
    381k 01 April 1975: Genoa, Italy - Paul, moored at Genoa on a port visit. Carlo Martinelli
    Genoa, Italy
    134k circa 1975-1976: at sea - USS Paul underway at sea, taken by a photographer from USS Independence (CV 61).

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 107459 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    42k 08 April 1976: Paul at Barcelona, Spain, still with original bow. Fabio Peña
    Barcelona, Spain

    Archive Manager
    Aircraft Carrier Archive
    541k undated / location unknown Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    68k date / location unknown (note original bow configuration, but CIWS has replaced BPMDS aft)
    (Note from Mark Fedorko: This photo was taken in the Mediterranean on my second Med deployment which took place from approximately August/Sept 85 through April 86. I was the OOD at the time of the photo. Although I can’t remember the month, I remember seeing the photos when the helo guys got them from their buddies on one of the other ships in the battle group.)
    81k date / location unknown
    101k date / location unknown (Photo © Ignacio F. Lopez) Ignacio F. Lopez

    Spanish Navy (ret.)
    119k 26 February 1988: A port bow view of Paul underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04330 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    588k 26 February 1988: A port bow view of Paul rolling in a swell.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04329 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
    ***Vreeland / Paul***
    171k 01 March 1988: at sea - A starboard beam view of the frigates USS Vreeland (FF 1068) and USS Paul (FF 1080) underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05374 by PH1 Bean from
    171k 12 March 1988: A starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG 19) underway. Also visible is Paul, the destroyer USS Stump (DD 978), the frigate USS Capodanno (FF 1093) and the guided missile destroyer USS Luce (DDG 38).

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05448 by PH1 Bean from the DVIC)
    369k 12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard view of Paul underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05361 by PH3 Houser from
    192k 12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard view of Paul underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05388 by PH3 Houser from
    238k 12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard quarter view of Paul underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05362 by PH3 Houser from
    ***Blakely / Paul***
    180k 02 August 1994: Philadelphia, Pa. - A photo of Paul, moored at NISMF Philadelphia, inboard of Blakely (DE 1072) and Miller (DE 1091). The submarine outboard of Miller is Trout (SS 566).

    (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels)
    Gilbert Gyssels
    82k 28 August 2002: Aliaga, Turkey - The former USS Paul being prepared to be dragged onto the beach for scrapping.

    (Photo by Selim San)
    Edwin Evans

    Paul Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Paul History
    The DANFS history for USS Paul (DE 1080) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.
    View the USS Paul (DE 1080) history located on Wikipedia.

    Paul's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  14 Aug. 1971 - 10 Nov. 1972Cmdr. Donald Tipton Cannell (USNA '53) (Toluca, Ill.)
    2.)  10 Nov. 1972 - 30 May 1974Cmdr. Robert Francis Baril
    3.)  30 May 1974 - 17 Jun. 1976Cmdr. Thomas Morgan Hale, Jr. (Syracuse, N.Y.)
    4.)  17 Jun. 1976 - 07 Jul. 1978Cmdr. Joseph M. Tamony
    5.)  07 Jul. 1978 - 30 Apr. 1981Cmdr. David Peter Micalchuck (USMMA '61) (Peabody, Mass.)
    6.)  30 Apr. 1981 - 18 Sep. 1982Capt. Herschel Ronald Carswell
    7.)  18 Sep. 1982 - 23 Nov. 1984Cmdr. Richard Charles Curley (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
    8.)  23 Nov. 1984 - 24 Feb. 1987Cmdr.Lawrence Sumner Julihn (USNA '67) (El Cajon, Cal.)
    9.)  24 Feb. 1987 - 14 Jun. 1989Cmdr. David Michael Lee
    10.) 14 Jun. 1989 - 17 May 1991Cmdr. Michael D. Besancon
    11.) 17 May 1991 - 14 Aug. 1992Cmdr. Craig Willard Wilson

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion: October 2013 at Wilmington, N.C.

    Contact Name: Gail Sweeden
    Address: 110 Mockingbird Lane
    City/State: Oak Ridge TN 37830
    Phone: (865) 482-7981
    E-mail: Gail Sweeden
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    Additional Resources

    USS Paul Quarterdeck
    USS Paul Page on Jeff Cameron's Welland Canal web site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Paul Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Paul
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