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|60k||Joe Calvin Paul was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky on 23 April 1946. He graduated from grammar school and attended high school for one year before enlisting in the United
States Marine Corps on 26 April 1963 in Dayton, Ohio shortly after his seventeenth birthday. In August 1963, after completing recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego,
California, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he underwent individual combat training with the Second Infantry Training Regiment, graduating in
October 1963. He then joined Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, in Hawaii where he was promoted to private first class in December 1963 and to lance corporal in October
With that unit, he sailed for the Far East, arriving in Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam on 07 May 1965 where this unit was redesignated Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. During Operation Starlight, on 18 August 1965, while serving as a fire team leader with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Lcpl Paul placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy and delivered effective suppressive fire in order to divert the Viet Cong long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. He fought in this exposed position until he was mortally wounded. He succumbed to his wounds the next day, 19 August 1965. Joe C. Paul was buried in the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 07 February 1967 during a ceremony in the Office of Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, who presented the award to his parents.
USS Paul (DE 1080) (1971-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.
|100k||July 1972: Paul shown entering Norfolk, Va. (Note from Joshua R. Lipman, Paul's First Lieutenant at the time - This photo was taken by a civilian photographer in an airplane and sold to the crew as we went on liberty. We had just finished our second yard period after commissioning and received the enlarged helo deck for LAMPS and the BPDMS. I still have a framed copy.)||Edwin Evans|
|232k||circa 1972: Paul preparing to fuel at sea.||Joshua Lipman|
|58k||circa 1975 - 1976: original bow and BPDMS system||Edwin Evans|
|381k||01 April 1975: Genoa, Italy - Paul, moored at Genoa on a port visit.||Carlo Martinelli|
|134k||circa 1975-1976: at sea - USS Paul underway at sea, taken by a photographer from USS Independence (CV 61).
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 107459 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
England, United Kingdom
|42k||08 April 1976: Paul at Barcelona, Spain, still with original bow.||Fabio Peña|
Aircraft Carrier Archives
|541k||undated / location unknown||Ed Zajkowski|
|68k||date / location unknown (note original bow configuration, but CIWS has replaced BPMDS aft)
(Note from Mark Fedorko: This photo was taken in the Mediterranean on my second Med deployment which took place from approximately August/Sept 85 through April 86. I was the OOD at the time of the photo. Although I can’t remember the month, I remember seeing the photos when the helo guys got them from their buddies on one of the other ships in the battle group.)
|81k||date / location unknown|
|101k||date / location unknown (Photo © Ignacio F. Lopez)||Ignacio F. Lopez|
Spanish Navy (ret.)
|119k||26 February 1988: A port bow view of Paul underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04330 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|588k||26 February 1988: A port bow view of Paul rolling in a swell.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04329 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
|171k||01 March 1988: at sea - A starboard beam view of the frigates USS Vreeland (FF 1068) and USS
Paul (FF 1080) underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05374 by PH1 Bean from DefenseImagery.mil)
|171k||12 March 1988: A starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG 19) underway.
Also visible is Paul, the destroyer USS Stump (DD 978), the frigate USS
Capodanno (FF 1093) and the guided missile destroyer USS
Luce (DDG 38).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05448 by PH1 Bean from the DVIC)
|369k||12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard view of Paul underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05361 by PH3 Houser from DefenseImagery.mil)
|192k||12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard view of Paul underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05388 by PH3 Houser from DefenseImagery.mil)
|238k||12 March 1988: at sea - A starboard quarter view of Paul underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-05362 by PH3 Houser from DefenseImagery.mil)
|180k||02 August 1994: Philadelphia, Pa. - A photo of Paul, moored at NISMF Philadelphia, inboard of
Blakely (DE 1072) and Miller (DE 1091). The submarine outboard of Miller is
Trout (SS 566).
(Photo by Gilbert Gyssels)
|82k||28 August 2002: Aliaga, Turkey - The former USS Paul being prepared to be dragged onto the beach for scrapping.
(Photo by Selim San)
|The DANFS history for USS Paul (DE 1080) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.|
|View the USS Paul (DE 1080) history located on Wikipedia.|
|Paul's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 14 Aug. 1971 - 10 Nov. 1972||Cmdr. Donald Tipton Cannell (USNA '53) (Toluca, Ill.)|
|2.) 10 Nov. 1972 - 30 May 1974||Cmdr. Robert Francis Baril|
|3.) 30 May 1974 - 17 Jun. 1976||Cmdr. Thomas Morgan Hale, Jr. (Syracuse, N.Y.)|
|4.) 17 Jun. 1976 - 07 Jul. 1978||Cmdr. Joseph M. Tamony|
|5.) 07 Jul. 1978 - 30 Apr. 1981||Cmdr. David Peter Micalchuck (USMMA '61) (Peabody, Mass.)|
|6.) 30 Apr. 1981 - 18 Sep. 1982||Capt. Herschel Ronald Carswell|
|7.) 18 Sep. 1982 - 23 Nov. 1984||Cmdr. Richard Charles Curley (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)|
|8.) 23 Nov. 1984 - 24 Feb. 1987||Cmdr.Lawrence Sumner Julihn (USNA '67) (El Cajon, Cal.)|
|9.) 24 Feb. 1987 - 14 Jun. 1989||Cmdr. David Michael Lee|
|10.) 14 Jun. 1989 - 17 May 1991||Cmdr. Michael D. Besancon|
|11.) 17 May 1991 - 14 Aug. 1992||Cmdr. Craig Willard Wilson|
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