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USS DOYLE (DD-494 / DMS-34)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXTT

Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding May 26 1941.
Launched March 17 1942 and commissioned January 27 1943.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-34 June 23 1945.
(Star Of the film The Caine Mutiny With Robert Francis, Humphrey Bogart,
Mae Wynn and My Good Friend, Minesweep Boatswain 2nd.
Class Gene Starns USN-Ret.)

Reclassified back to Destroyer DD-494, 15 January 1955.
Decommissioned May 19 1955.
Stricken December 1 1970.
Fate Sold October 6 1972 to Luria Brothers, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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USS Doyle (DD-494)
Doyle 85kRichard Doyle entered the Navy on board the schooner Enterprise 25 August 1803 at Malta. On 14 November 1803 he was promoted to quarter gunner. He volunteered for the expedition under Stephen Decatur, Jr., which entered the harbor of Tripoli and daringly destroyed the former U.S. frigate Philadelphia 16 February 1804. Doyle later served in the frigate John Adams, and died 27 June 1807 while serving in Wasp. Image is a Painting of the Burning of the Philadelphia on 16 February 1804.Robert M. Cieri
Doyle 105kShipbuilders standing aboard the destroyer USS Doyle (DD-494), decorated for its launch on March 17 1942. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Doyle 126kThe Irish workers who built the destroyer USS Doyle sitting before it along with a sign painted on the dock that reads "Irish! 40 Days Soon," indicating their hard work in getting the ship ready to be launched by St. Patrick's Day. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Doyle 132kMrs. C. M. Maloney, carrying a bouquet of flowers and a wrapped bottle of champagne, is preparing to help launch the destroyer USS Doyle (DD-494). Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo



USS Doyle (DD-494) entering the water as she is launched on 17 March 1942 at the Seattle Yard of the Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard.
Source: Tacoma Public Library, Richards Studio, Photo No. K-A.
Mike Green



Seattle Post Intelligencer article dated March 18 1942 covering the launching.Andy Hopkins
Doyle 67kUSS Doyle off Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding, January 8 1943.Gerd Matthes
Doyle 53kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Dusk falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. The ship in the centre, just beyond the crane, is USS Gherhardi (DD-637). USS Luce (DD-522) is at left, with only her bow visible. USS Butler (DD-636) is at right, with only her stern visible. USS Doyle (DD-494) is in the right background. A British light cruiser, painted in yellow primer, is in the left background (USN Photo No 80-G-K-3859).Robert Hurst
USS Doyle (DMS-34)
Doyle 137kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Doyle 59kAt San Diego, 1950Gene Starns
Doyle 30kAt Midway, 1950Jack Donovan
Doyle 211kThe Caine Mutiny lobby card showing wardroom of Doyle.Bill Gonyo
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USS DOYLE DD-494 / DMS-34 History
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Commanding Officers
01LCDR Clarence Evans Boyd (USNA 1927)27 January 1943 - 26 March 1944
02CDR James Gilbert Marshall (USNA 1932)26 March 1944 - 30 June 1945
03LCDR Thurston Barnes Morton (USNA 1933)30 June 1945 - 27 October 1945
04LCDR David Martin Armstrong (USNA 1941)27 October 1945 - ????
05LCDR Donald Stanley Cramer USNAugust 1947 - July 1948
06LCDR Neal Almgren (USNA 1939)July 1948 - November 1949
07CDR Charles Henry Morrison, Jr. (USNA 1938)1950- ????
08CDR Florn Lamar Lee USNRMay 1952 - July 1953
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Art Chavez
Address: 43124 Belgreen Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 703-729-7575

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Doyle Website
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Doyle (DMS-34)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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