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USS Loy (DE 160 / APD 56)

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N - P - D - B
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)- American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (w/Asia clasp)

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Loy (DE 160) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 April 1943: Keel laid at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va.
  • 04 July 1943: Launched
  • 12 September 1943: Christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lewis G. Barnes, then immediately...
  • 12 September 1943: Commissioned at the St. Helena Annex, Norfolk Navy Yard, Berkley, Va., Lcdr. James V. Bewick in command
  • 23 October 1944: Reclassified APD 56, converted at the Boston Naval Shipyard
  • 21 February 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 5⅓ months of service
  • 01 September 1964: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 August 1966: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md
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    84k Jackson Keith Loy, born 29 April 1922 in Effingham, III., enlisted in the Navy on 04 September 1940 and served in USS San Francisco (CA 38) from 06 December 1940 until killed in action 12 November 1942 when enemy aircraft attacked his ship off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal. Gunner’s Mate Third Class Loy, manning an after 20mm. mount, fired at an attacker until killed by the crashing plane. His inspiring courage, cool determination, and utter disregard for his own safety were recognized with the posthumous award of the Navy Cross.

    USS Loy (DE 160) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the USS Loy Commissioning Pamphlet.)
    Mike Junk
    Laning/Loy 46k DE's Laning and Loy under construction Joe Radigan
    MACM, USN(ret.)

    Navsource Archive Manager
    Patrol & Mine Warfare Archives
    Loy 209k 10 March 1944: USS Loy off the New York Navy Yard. She departed the Yard at 0835 and anchored in Grave's End Bay until 1720 when she left for Casco Bay, Maine.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #F644C5838)
    John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    Loy 392k 09 April 1944: USS Loy (DE 160) underway in the North Atlantic, as seen from USS Core (CVE 13).

    (U.S. National Archives photo, Catalog #80-G-269006 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Loy 43k undated: The ship was commissioned in September 1943 and converted to an APD in November 1944. A Buckley class DE, the forward boiler trunking is visible leading to the stack. This forward (and aft) trunking identifies her as a steam driven turbine ship.

    (National Archives Photo)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Loy History
    View the USS Loy (DE 160 / APD 56) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Loy's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Sep. 1943 - 31 Jan. 1944Lcdr. James Voight Bewick, USN (Comm. CO) (Annapolis, Md.)
    2.) 01 Feb. 1944 - 13 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Robert William Pond, Jr., USNR (Boston, Mass.)
    3.) 13 Jul. 1945 - 31 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Lamont Stewart Bryan, USNR (Richmond, Va.)
    4.) 01 Aug. 1946 - 01 Oct. 1946Lcdr. D‘Arcy Virginius Shouldice, USNR (prior enl.) (Alexandria, Va.)
    5.) 01 Nov. 1946 - 01 Feb. 1947Lt. James Raymond Morrow
    6.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 21 Feb. 1947Lt.(jg) William Theodore Anderson (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion: 2005 at Washington DC
    Contact Name: Tina Bailey (daughter of Baylor C. Kirk)
    Address: 3417 Knollwood Drive
    City/State: Beavercreek OH 45432-2252
    Phone: (937) 427-0703
    E-mail: Tina Bailey
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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Loy (APD 56)
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Loy
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