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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"
Specifications:
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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    Paul 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 7 May 1965 where this unit was redesignated Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. 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.

    USS Paul (DE 1080) (1971-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Paul 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
    Paul 232k circa 1972: Paul preparing to fuel at sea. Joshua Lipman
    Paul 58k circa 1975 - 1976: original bow and BPDMS system Edwin Evans
    Paul 38k
    Paul 381k 1 April 1975: Genoa, Italy - Paul, moored at Genoa on a port visit. Carlo Martinelli
    Paul 42k 8 April 1976: Paul at Barcelona, Spain, still with original bow. Fabio Peña
    Paul 541k undated / location unknown Ed Zajkowski
    Paul 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.) -
    Paul 81k date / location unknown -
    Paul 101k date / location unknown (Photo © Ignacio F. Lopez) Ignacio F. Lopez
    Spanish Navy (ret.)
    Paul 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) Navsource
    Paul 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 1 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 DefenseImagery.mil)
    Paul 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)
    Paul 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 DefenseImagery.mil)
    Paul 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 DefenseImagery.mil)
    Paul 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 DefenseImagery.mil)
    ***Blakely / Paul*** 180k 2 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
    Paul 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
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    Paul
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    Decommissioning
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    Paul
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    The USS Paul (DE 1080) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.
    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
    2.)  10 Nov. 1972 - 30 May 1974Cmdr. Robert Francis Baril
    3.)  30 May 1974 - 17 Jun. 1976Cmdr. Thomas Morgan Hale, Jr.
    4.)  17 Jun. 1976 - 07 Jul. 1978Cmdr. Joseph M. Tamony
    5.)   07 Jul. 1978 - 30 Apr. 1981Cmdr. David Peter Micalchuck
    6.)  30 Apr. 1981 - 18 Sep. 1982Capt. Herschel R. Carswell
    7.)  18 Sep. 1982 - 23 Nov. 1984Cmdr. Richard Charles Curley
    8.)  23 Nov. 1984 - 24 Feb. 1987Cmdr.Lawrence Sumner Julihn ('67)
    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

    Next Reunion: 7 - 10 October 2013 at Wilmington, N.C.

    Contact Name: Gail Sweeden
    Address: 110 Mockingbird Lane / 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
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Paul
    USS Paul Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Paul Page on Military.Com

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