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|50k||Marshall Eugene Darby, Jr. was born 10 November 1918 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Naval Academy on 06 June 1940. Ensign Darby served in the battleship
USS Oklahoma (BB 37) until he was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941. His remains were never identified but he is listed as
one of the approximately 390 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
USS Darby (DE 218) (1943-1968) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Ens. Darby's Annapolis Graduation Photo courtesy of Joan Darby Norris)
|409k||13 March 1944: Espiritu Santo - USS Coolbaugh (DE 217), USS Lovelace, and USS Darby (DE 218) are nested with USS Ingersoll
(DE 652) at the fleet anchorage. Photo taken by Milt Volkens aboard USS Langley (CVL 27).
(From the Langley/Volkens Photo Collection at Eastern Carolina Univ.)
West Chester, Pa.
|82k||29 May 1943: Philadelphia Navy Yard - The christening of six destroyer escorts in a dry-dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The three ships in the foreground
are (from left): USS Enright (DE 216), USS Coolbaugh
(DE 217) and USS Darby (DE 218). Those in the background are (from left), USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219),
USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) and USS Solar
(U.S. Navy Photo #NH 75610 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of James Russell, 1972)
|461k||13 November 1945: Vallejo, Cal. - A port quarter view of Darby stopped off the Mare Island Navy Yard.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Wright)
|184k||15 November 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of USS Darby (DE 218) at Mare Island. Mare Island modified the areas
circled. USS Harmon (DE 678) is inboard and USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219) and USS Coolbaugh
(DE 217) are outboard of Darby. Darby was in overhaul at the yard from 04 September to 17 November 1945.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-218-7185-45)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|200k||15 November 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Amidships plan view of USS Darby (DE 218) at Mare Island. Mare Island modified the
areas circled. USS Harmon (DE 678) is inboard and USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219) and USS Coolbaugh (DE 217) are outboard of Darby.
Darby was in overhaul at the yard from 04 September to 17 November 1945.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-218-7186-45)
|90k||USS Darby (DE 218) is photographed from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE 82) in camouflage 31/22d even though the lightest color is light gray. The transport
in the background wearing camouflage 32/8T probably is USS Starlight (AP 175), with the ships heading to the landings at Lingayen Gulf in late 1944.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-335073 from the United States National Archives)
BMC, USNR (ret.)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|31k||undated wartime image||Robert L. Anderson|
|166k||undated postwar image|
|57k||undated postwar image (Better copy of photo sent in by Sandy Sanphilipo)|
|34k||undated postwar image|
|35k||undated postwar image|
|47k||1951: at Norfolk, Virginia|
|298k||undated postwar image||Nick Tiberio|
|97k||October 1952: the North Atlantic - Operating during "Operation Mainbrace". (Photos were sent to Col. and Mrs. Marshall E. Darby, Ensign Darby's parents, by Lcdr Jackson L. Morton, Commanding Officer of USS Darby at the time)||Joan Darby Norris,|
the niece of
Marshall Eugene Darby
|56k||date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|33k||circa 1955 / location unknown|
|438k||12 May 1965: - USS Darby (DE 218) underway off the coast of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
(U.S. Navy photo #KN-12893 (National Archives); from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|45k||TS Soya-Atlantic, which collided with Darby, 19 March 1960 Collision Photos from Walt Pollin||Walt Pollin|
ET2, USS Darby
Robert L. Anderson
Plaque, late '50's
|View the USS Darby (DE 218) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|A supplemental History of USS Darby (from former crewmembers)|
|Darby's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Nov. 1943 - 23 Jul. 1944||Cmdr. David Dean Humphreys, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 23 Jul. 1944 - 11 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Merritt W. Martin, USNR|
|3.) 11 Oct. 1945 - 02 Apr. 1946||Cmdr. Robert C. Wing, USNR|
|4.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 01 Oct. 1946||Lcdr. Charles W. Turner III, USNR|
|5.) 01 Oct. 1946 - .. Jan. 1947||Lt. Robert Kent Rosemont (XO)|
|6.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 28 Apr. 1947||Lt.(jg) William Murray Newell (Decomm. CO)|
|7.) 24 Oct. 1950 - .. Oct. 1952||Lcdr. Edger Hull Forrest (Recomm. CO)|
|8.) .. Oct. 1952 - .. .... 1954||Lcdr. Jackson Leonard Morton|
|9.) .. .... 1954 - .. .... ....||Cmdr. Jacob S. Zimmerman|
|10.) .. .... .... - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Harold Glen Campbell|
|11.) .. May 1958 - 23 Feb. 1959||Lcdr. Robert Chambliss Light|
|12.) 01 Oct. 1961 - 01 Jul. 1962||Cmdr. John Crutcher Allen|
|13.) 01 Jul. 1962 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Bruce Clifford Barry|
|14.) .. Jul. 1967 - 23 Sep. 1968||Lcdr. Robert Ian Packman (Decomm. CO)|
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