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Doyle C. Barnes

 

Doyle Clayton Barnes born 5 April 1912 in Oeniville, Tex., enlisted in the Navy 20 October 1933 and was designated naval aviator 21 March 1942. Ensign Barnes received the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942, when he intercepted a flight of Japanese aircraft and downed two torpedo planes. Ensign Doyle was reported missing in action 24 August 1942, when his squadron, based on Enterprise (CV-6) engaged the enemy in the Battle of the eastern Solomons.

 

(DE-353: dp. 1,350; l. 306'; b. 36'8"; dr. 9'5"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 186; a. 2 5", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.; cl. John C. Butler)

 

Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353) was launched 4 March 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Barnes, widow of Ensign Barnes; and commissioned 13 July 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. P. Ingle, USNR, in command.

 

Doyle C. Barnes served as a school ship for officers destined for escort vessel service at Norfolk from 25 September to 21 October 1944, then sailed for New Guinea, arriving at Hollandia 28 November. She escorted convoys from Hollandia to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, patrolled in the Philippines, and took part in the assault and occupation of Borneo from 7 June to 20 July 1945.

 

Following the cessation of hostilities Doyle C. Barnes remained in the Far East, providing services at Okinawa, Manila, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. She sailed from Tsingtao 15 April 1946, arriving at San Pedro 11 May. She was towed by A TR-66 to San Diego, and placed out of commission in reserve there 15 January 1947.