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USS Joyce (DE 317)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - R - T
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Specifications:
Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Joyce (DE 317) Building and Operational Data:
  • 8 March 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; launched 26 May 1943; ; and commissioned 30 September 1943, Lt. Comdr.
  • 26 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Harold T. Joyce, mother of Ensign Joyce
  • 30 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr R. Wilcox, USCG, in command
  • 1 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., assigned to the Florida Group, Atlantic Inactive Reserve Fleet
  • 13 September 1950: Reclassified and converted to DER 317 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 28 February 1951: Recommissioned at San Francisco, Cal., Lcdr J. P. McGrady, in command,
  • 2 June 1951: Reassigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 10
  • 20 March 1952: Reassigned to Escort Squadron 16
  • July 1957: CortRon 16 reassigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 17 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Cal.
  • 1 December 1972: Stricken from the NVR
  • 11 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Joyce 137k undated wartime image James Rocheleau
    Joyce 396k undated: The destroyer escort USS Joyce (DE 317) in harbor during World War II, after being fitted with additional 40mm guns amidships. (U.S. Navy photo #NH 106967 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.) Robert Hurst
    Joyce 175k 8 July 1950: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Amidships looking forward plan view of USS Joyce (DE 317) under conversion. Note that much of her topside equipment has been removed including her mast. She was under conversion from 27 June 1950 to 8 March 1951. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-317-6592-7-50) Darryl Baker
    Joyce 166k 8 July 1950: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Amidships looking aft plan view of Joyce under conversion. Note that much of her topside equipment has been removed. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-317-6594-7-50)
    Joyce 166k 16 February 1951: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Radm F. E. Beatty, Area Commander Mare Island, speaks at the commissioning of the USS Joyce (DER 317). Capt B. E. Manseau (Commander of Mare Island) is the officer behind and to the left of Radm Beatty. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-317-8219-2-51)
    Joyce 22k 28 February 1951: Mare Island Navy Yard -
    Joyce 166k 28 February 1951: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Bow on view of Joyce departing Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-317-8407-2-51) Darryl Baker
    Joyce 166k 28 February 1951: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Joyce departing Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-317-8411-2-51)
    Joyce 166k 9 March 1951: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of Joyce at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-317-8513-2-51)
    Joyce 166k 9 March 1951: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Joyce at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-317-8516-2-51)
    Joyce 215k circa 1952: Newport, R.I. - Joyce swinging on a mooring buoy alongside Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421) (U.S. Navy Photo). Robert Hurst
    Joyce 98k undated, as DER 317 Max Selby
    Joyce 81k undated, as DER 317 James Rocheleau
    Joyce 54k Summer of 1953: Kingston, Jamaica (Photo © James Rocheleau)
    Joyce 21k Summer 1955: Newport, R.I.

    Joyce Memorabilia
    Ship's Lighter
    Joyce
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Joyce (DE 317) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    November 2006 at San Antonio, Tex.
    Contact Name: James J. Rocheleau
    Address: 2902 Memorial Drive / Two Rivers, Wis. 54241
    Phone: (920) 793-4617
    E-mail: Voice of the Joyce


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