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USS Daniel A. Joy (DE 585)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Daniel A. Joy (DE 585) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Hingham, Mass.
  • 15 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Virginia F. Joy, widow of Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Joy
  • 28 April 1944: Commissioned at Pier 2, Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Lt. F. E. Lawton, USNR, in command
  • 12 August 1946: Assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Seattle, Wash.
  • 07 February 1949: Decommissioned
  • 11 December 1949: Recommissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 04 March 1950: Departed Vallejo, Cal. for New Orleans, La. (her screws were removed and her mast stepped so she could be towed up the Mississippi to Chicago, Ill.)
  • 05 May 1950: Placed "In Commission, In Reserve" and assigned to NRT, 9th Naval District at Chicago, Ill. (Flagship of the 6 patrol vessel "Corn Belt Fleet")
  • .. October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, homeport changed to Newport, R.I.
  • .. August 1962: Placed "In Commission, In Reserve" and reassigned to NRT, 9th Naval District at Chicago, Ill.
  • 01 May 1965: Decommissioned and struck from the NVR
  • 01 March 1966: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Corp., Wilmington, Del.
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    Daniel A. Joy 24k undated wartime image -
    Daniel A. Joy 170k circa 1944: At sea - Starboard quarter view of USS Daniel A. Joy (DE 585) underway.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 54642, courtesy of Robert W. Staw, GMG2, USNRTC, Clifton, N.J., 1966; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Daniel A. Joy 393k Photo taken from USS Blue Ridge AGC 2 on 04 January 1945 en route from Aitape, New Guinea to Lingayen, Philippines. Joy is coming to port of Blue Ridge for a mail transfer, which no doubt was much anticipated by crew members. Michael Patrick
    in honor of his father
    John J. Patrick RT3c
    USS Blue Ridge AGC 2
    Daniel A. Joy 305k 21 August 1948: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Carp (SS 338) alongside Daniel A Joy (DE 585) in Vancouver. Daniel A Joy was assigned to the 12th Naval District for duty as a Naval Reserve training vessel.

    (Photo courtesy of Scott Koen and
    Scott Koen
    Daniel A. Joy 836k 22 August 1948: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Carp (SS 338) moored outboard of USS Daniel A. Joy at a city wharf.

    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo CVA 447-8705 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Daniel A. Joy 208k 03 May 1950: location unknown Ron Reeves
    Daniel A. Joy 574k early May 1950: New Orleans, La. - In going through my father's estate we have found many pictures, including a series of the USS Daniel A. Joy. His obituary reads "One of the highlights of his military career was serving on the destroyer escort USS Daniel A. Joy sailing from the mouth of the Mississippi in New Orleans to Lake Michigan where she was re-commissioned." (in May 1950). This photo shows Daniel A. Joy shortly after her arrival in New Orleans. Christine Gray

    In memory of her Dad

    Jay Dee Gray
    Daniel A. Joy 869k early May 1950: New Orleans, La. - This photo shows additional ballast tanks being welded to Joy's sides to add additional buoyancy to her hull, raising her keel a few more inches.
    Daniel A. Joy 222k early May 1950: New Orleans, La. - Sailors from Daniel A. Joy demonstrate a new "inter-vessel transfer system" being employed locally.
    Daniel A. Joy 545k early May 1950: New Orleans, La. - This appears to be a division photo. Radiomen, quartermasters, and a Chief Hospital Corpsman.
    Daniel A. Joy 400k 08 November 1952: Chicago, Ill. - A newspaper photo from the Chicago Sun-Times. Daniel A Joy holds "Open House" while moored at the Michigan Ave. Bridge. MM3 Carmelo Pavaglio explains the working of a 40mm anti-aircraft gun to Girl Scouts of Troop #44 of River Forest, Ill. The girls are Jean Taurtelot, age 12, Peggy Faul, age 12, Kathleen Mullaney and Judy O'Leary, age 13. Tommy Trampp
    Daniel A. Joy 95k Spring 1954: Holland, Mich. - Daniel A. Joy secured to the pier at Holland, Mich. for the annual Tulip Festival. She was always quite an attraction for the festival. Don Garner RM3
    August 1953 - October 1954

    (Photos © Don Garner)
    Daniel A. Joy 122k Summer 1954: Naval Station Great Lakes; Ill. - Daniel A. Joy moored at Great Lakes Naval Station. When reporting aboard, Don Garner was told at the 9th Naval District Receiving Station, "Walk down that street one block and turn left."
    Daniel A. Joy 96k Summer 1954: Naval Station Great Lakes; Ill. - Daniel A. Joy moored at Great Lakes Naval Station. She is shown at the same pier as above, but much closer and on a different date.
    Daniel A. Joy 58k Summer 1954: Naval Station Great Lakes; Ill. - Daniel A. Joy shown at the end of the cluster of the seven ships of the Great Lakes Reserve Training Squadron. They were gathered at the Great Lakes naval base, with DE 585 at the far end and six PCEs moored to the pier three deep in the foreground. The normal cruise schedules were to leave their home ports on Sunday afternoons with their new groups of trainees and put in at the base for supplies. The following Monday morning they would depart for their two-week training cruises.
    Daniel A. Joy 182k Summer 1954: Escanaba, Wis. - Daniel A. Joy secured to a wall at a lakefront city park in Escanaba, Wisconsin, a mid-cruise liberty port.
    Daniel A. Joy 34k She is shown here moored to her jetty next to the Chicago Naval Armory, across Lake Shore Drive from Chicago's Loop. For several years she cruised the Great Lakes as a Naval Reserve Training ship.
    Daniel A. Joy 35k In drydock at Milwaukee, Wis., note dog-eared screw, Don Garner Reminisces
    Daniel A. Joy 252k 03 September 1954: Detroit, Mich. - A newspaper photo from the Chicago Sun-Times. Detroit Naval Reservists training aboard Daniel A Joy listen as a Naval Reserve officer explains the mechanism of the 20-millimeter gun. From the left are Cdr. D.C. Edwards, who is acting as officer in tactical command of the fresh water cruise; Lt. C.N. Reinelt and seamen Willis Talley, Richard St. John, Eugene Matto, Homer Tucker, Paul Curtis, and George Petersen. Tommy Trampp
    Daniel A. Joy 128k 06 February 1960: Chicago, Ill. - "THE ATTACK WAS FOILED" - The Coast Guard was ready when the enemy attacked in Chicago Saturday. Units of the Coast Guard Reserve were on a port security exercise. Involving about 250 men from Chicago, Gary, Forest Park and Evanston. The Evanston unit - the "bad guys" - attempted to infiltrate and do simulated damage at two spots; Calumet Maher Terminal and the area around the Naval Armory at the foot of Randolph. The other units were the defenders. Here a group of men are shown putting out a fire set by the "attackers" at the armory. The Coast Guard vessel Daniel A Joy is in the background. Defenders are (from left) Seaman Robert Weller, Timothy Donovan, John McGowan, David Neale and Donald Oleski, all of Chicago.
    Daniel A. Joy 165k 08 February 1960: Chicago, Ill. - "THWARTS SABOTAGE" - Seaman Donald McLean uses a Geiger counter to check for nuclear bomb on deck of USS Daniel A. Joy. Four mock nuclear bombs were discovered aboard the ship during Coast Guard Reserve war games.
    Daniel A. Joy 272k Spring '61: USS Daniel A. Joy (DE 585) serving as a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Chicago.

    (U.S. Naval Photographic Center Photo #NH73925 from the U.S. Navy BUMED Library and Archives 11-0014; Courtesy of Lt. John B Hattendorf, USN)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Daniel A. Joy 105k 02 October 1961: Chicago, Ill. - UPI Photo: Crewmen of USS Daniel A. Joy, a destroyer escort, wave to friends and relatives here as vessel is restored to active duty. Ship has trained Navy reservists here for 11 years. It is first of 40 vessels called to active duty because of the Berlin Crisis. Joy will patrol Atlantic in anti-submarine service. There are 170 men aboard. Tommy Trampp
    Daniel A. Joy 160k 13 June 1962: Great Lakes, Ill. - "BACK TO SIDEWALK BEAT FOR THEM" - Returning to their "beats" as Chicago policemen when USS Daniel A. Joy returns to the Windy City will be these five crewmembers of the destroyer escort. They are (from left) Steward Charles Hicks, 34, of 6541 S. Rose, a patrolman in the 35th District; Commissaryman 2nd class Edward LaCourse, 25, of 712 W. 116th St., a patrolman in the 21st District; Chief Boatswains Mate Donald R. Burch, 31, of 6410 So. Keeler Ave., a patrolman in the Training Division; Gunners Mate 3rd class Raymond M. Bibbs, 26, of 8117 So. Park Ave., a patrolman in the 3rd District; and Seaman Arthur L. Castrejon, 23, of 9331 Kingston, a rookie cop.

    (U.S. Naval Photo#121-62 from the 9th Naval District Public Affairs Office, Great Lakes, Ill.)
    Daniel A. Joy
    Courtesy of
    Don Garner

    Daniel A. Joy History
    View the USS Daniel A. Joy (DE 585) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the All Hands Magazine article of January 1962 about USS Daniel A. Joy's recommissioning.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert D. Somerville
    Address: 12842 Forestview Road
    City/State: Palos Heights IL 60463
    Phone: (708) 448-7686
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