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USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368)

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N - J - T - Y
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 May 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 01 July 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. O. P. Doyle
  • 16 October 1944: Commissioned at City Docks, Orange, Tex., Lcdr D. S. Crocker, USNR, in command
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 8 months of service
  • 01 July 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 02 December 1967: Sunk as a target off California
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    C.J. Doyle

    C.J. Doyle
    170k Cecil John Doyle was born in Marshall, Minn. to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Doyle on 10 August 1920. After graduating from Marshall High School he attended the State Teacher's College at Mankato where he also took CAA ground and flight training courses. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 26 March 1941 and following aviation training at Corpus Christi, Tex., was appointed a Second Lieutenant, USMCR, on 06 April 1942. He arrived at Henderson Field on the island of Guadalcanal on 09 October 1942 and became one of the original members of the eight man VMF-121 Flying Circus under Major Joe Foss. Within a week, he was an ace, shooting down five enemy aircraft.

    On 07 November 1942, word was received of a Japanese destroyer flotilla approaching Guadalcanal. Twenty-five F4F-4 Wildcat fighters, including Lieutenant Doyle, intercepted the ships 120 miles offshore. Nine floatplanes accompanied the destroyers, and a dogfight quickly developed. Second Lieutenant Doyle didn't return from that mission. He is believed to have crashed into the sea while pursuing an enemy plane. Declared missing in action on 07 November 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the web site Missing Marines)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Cecil J. Doyle History
    View the USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Cecil J. Doyle as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Cecil J. Doyle's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Oct. 1944 18 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Douglas Shocke Crocker, USNR* (Comm. CO) (Rockville Center, N.Y.)
    2.) 18 Dec. 1944 09 Dec. 1945Lcdr. William Graham Claytor, Jr., USNR (Roanoke, Va.) (became SecNav '77)
    3.) 09 Dec. 1945 02 Jul. 1946Lcdr. Ralph Childs, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    * Lcdr. Crocker was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the
    performance  of outstanding services as CO of DE 368 in anti-submarine activities in the Pacific

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