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Daniel A. Joy

 

Daniel Albert Joy, born 11 October 1918 in Waltham, Mass., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 8 February 1937. For his heroism and courage in braving Japanese fire to remove the wounded to safety on Guadalcanal until killed by enemy gunfire on 5 October 1942, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Joy was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

 

(DE-585: dp. 1,450: 1. 306'; b. 37'; dr. 13'9"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 186; a. 2 5", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Rudderow)

 

Daniel A. Joy (DE-585) was launched 15 January 1944 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Hingham, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. D. A. Joy; and commissioned 28 April 1944, Lieutenant F. E. Lawton, USNR, in command.

 

Following a voyage on convoy escort duty to Bizerte, Tunisia between 2 August and 19 September 1944, Daniel A. Joy sailed from Boston 1 October and arrived at Humboldt Bay 20 November. Next day she got underway to screen reinforcements for the landings on Leyte. She remained on escort and patrol duty in the Philippines, convoying ships from New Guinea and Manus, and covering the landings at Lingayen Gulf, Mangarin Bay, and Mindoro. From 23 April to 10 August 1945 she was in the Manila Bay area engaged in local escort and antisubmarine patrol duty. From 10 August to 21 September she made two voyages to Okinawa, returning to conduct mine disposal patrols in the waters off Mindoro and standing by during the minesweeping operations in Liange Bay.

 

Daniel A. Joy sailed from Samar 1 December 1945 for the west coast, arriving at San Pedro 22 December. On 12 August 1946 she was assigned to the 12th Naval District for duty as a Naval Reserve training vessel, and she sailed the next day for San Francisco. She remained on this duty until decommissioned 7 February 1949. Recommissioned 11 December of that year, she sailed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard 4 March 1950 for New Orleans where her screws were removed and her mast stepped down. Pontoons were secured to her sides and she was towed up the Mississippi, Illinois, and Chicago Rivers to Lake Michigan where her screws and mast were replaced. On 5 May 1950 she was placed in commission, in reserve to serve as the flagship for six patrol vessels of the 9th Naval District engaged in the training of naval reservists on the Great Lakes.

 

Daniel A. Joy received two battle stars for World War II service.