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|36k||Philip Michael Joyce was born 23 October 1920 in St. Louis, Mo., the eldest son of Harold T. and Huldah Joyce. He enlisted in the Navy 11 July 1940. Selected for
an appointment as a midshipman during his preliminary training, he was commissioned Ensign 28 February 1941. He served in USS Langley (CV 1) until 10 August when he reported to
USS Peary (DD 226) for duty in the Pacific.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1938.)
Following the outbreak of war between the United States and Japan, Peary suffered heavy damage during an enemy air attack while moored at Cavite, Philippines 10 December. Joyce was with the Peary when she was bombed in Cavite bay. During the air attacks on the way to Australia, his captain recorded that 'Ensign P. M. Joyce USNR was instrumental in saving the ship by his continuous and fearless observation of the attacking planes from an exposed station. Despite this and two subsequent attacks, Peary reached Darwin, Australia, effected repairs and commenced antisubmarine patrols. While anchored in Darwin harbor on 19 February 1942 she was destroyed by five bombs which struck her during a devastating, enemy raid. Though fighting to the end, Peary went down; and Ens. Joyce perished in a holocaust that only 1 officer and 30 men survived.
USS Joyce (DE 317) (1943-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 102449 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|137k||undated wartime image||James Rocheleau|
|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.)
England, United Kingdom
|175k||08 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)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|166k||08 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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|166k||09 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)
|166k||09 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)
|215k||circa 1952: Newport, R.I. - Joyce swinging on a mooring buoy alongside Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421)
(U.S. Navy Photo).
England, United Kingdom
|98k||undated, as DER 317||Max Selby|
|271k||29 July 1953: Narragansett Bay, R.I. - USS Joyce (DER 317) underway off Newport, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, 29 July 1953.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #80-G-625696 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|81k||undated, as DER 317||James Rocheleau|
|54k||Summer of 1953: Kingston, Jamaica
(Photo ©James Rocheleau)
|21k||Summer 1955: Newport, R.I.|
|View the USS Joyce (DE 317) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Joyce as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Joyce's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 30 Sep. 1943 - 05 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. Robert Wilcox, USCG (Comm. CO) (Washington, D.C.)|
|2.) 05 Oct. 1944 - 14 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. Benjamin Peter Clark, USCG (Dallas, Tex.)|
|3.) 14 Aug. 1945 - 18 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Hubert G. Ball, USCGR (New York, N.Y.)|
|4.) 18 Dec. 1945 - 03 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. John Fawdry Thompson Jr., USCG (Tilton, N.H.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|5.) 03 Jan. 1946 - 28 Mar. 1946||Lt. Charles W. Scharff, USCG (Hampton Bay, N.Y.)|
|6.) 28 Mar. 1946 - 01 May 1946||Lcdr. Emmett P. O’Hara, USCG (Decomm. CO) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|7.) 28 Feb. 1951 - .. Feb. 1952||Lcdr. J.P. McGrady (Recomm. CO)|
|8.) .. Feb. 1952 - .. Nov. 1952||Lcdr. David J. Bryan Jr.|
|9.) .. .... .... - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Norman (Breezy) Chaffee Bohan (USNA '44) (Port Ewen, N.Y)|
|10.) .. .... .... - Fall 1958||Lcdr. John Peter Pabarcus (Pittsburgh, Pa.)|
|11.) Fall 1958 - 17 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Gordon Buster Brown Tribble (prior enl. '40, OCS '44) (Honolulu, Hi.)|
|12.) .. Jan. 1960 - 17 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Kenneth Clark (KC) Holm (Bozeman, Mont.)|
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