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Doyle (DD 494)

Call sign:
November - India - Hotel - Oscar

Benson Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 May 1941 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 17 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS Doyle (DD-494), 27 January 1943
  • Converted to and reclassified as a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-34, 23 June 1945
  • The Doyle was used in the filming of the 1954 movie, "The Caine Mutiny"
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-494, 15 January 1955
  • Place out of commission, in reserve, 19 May 1955 at Orange, TX
  • Sold for scrap 6 October 1972.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 347' 10"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 208
  • Armament: Four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six depth charge projectiles and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four boilers, two General Electric geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Doyle 15k . Gene Starns
    Doyle 23k Line drawing of Doyle .
    Doyle 97k Dry docked Tommy Trampp
    Doyle 64k
    Doyle 372k 18 April 1947
    U.S. Navy photo SYSP-8152
    Ed Zajkowski
    Doyle 59k San Diego, 1950 Gene Starns
    Doyle 163k Underway at sea on 28 February 1951
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 68594
    Robert Hurst
    Doyle 72k c. November 1951
    Highlining with USS Chara (AKA 58) in Korean waters
    Photo from the collection of Wilbur "Casey" Karsten served on the USS Chara (AKA-58) from July 1951 to November 1952
    David Kusel
    Doyle 81k
    Doyle 62k
    Doyle 276k 25 September 1952
    Long Beach, CA
    Regional National Archives photo 17412 at Riverside, CA
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    Doyle 239k c. 1955
    Genoa, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    Doyle 125k c. 1955
    Genoa, Italy
    Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Clarence Evans Boyd, USN27 January 1943 - 26 March 1944
    02CDR James Gilbert Marshall, USN - USNA Class of 1932
    Awarded the Silver Star (1944) and the Legion of Merit with Combat V (1943)
    26 March 1944 - 30 June 1945
    03LCDR Thurston Barnes Morton, USNR30 June 1945 - 27 October 1945
    04LCDR David Martin Armstrong, USN - USNA Class of 194127 October 1945 - 31 October 1945
    05LCDR Donald Stanley Cramer, USNAugust 1947 - July 1948
    06LCDR Neal Almgren, USN - USNA Class of 1939July 1948 - November 1949
    07CDR Charles Henry Morrison Jr., USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1950)1950
    08CDR Florn Lamar Lee, USNMay 1952 - July 1953
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Doyle (DMS-34)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Doyle (DD-494)
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