Allied Warships

USS Joyce (DE 317)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 317 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down8 Mar 1943 
Launched26 May 1943 
Commissioned30 Sep 1943 
End service17 Jun 1960 

Decommissioned 1 May 1946.
Reclassified as DER-317 on 13 September 1950.
Recommissioned 28 February 1951.
Decommissioned 17 June 1960.
Stricken 1 December 1972.
Sold 11 September 1973 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Joyce (DE 317)

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1Robert Wilcox, USCG30 Sep 194310 May 1944
2Benjamin P Clark, USCG10 May 194414 Aug 1945
3Hubert G. Ball, USCGR14 Aug 194518 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Joyce include:

16 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-550 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of New York, in position 40°09'N, 69°44'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer escorts USS Gandy, USS Joyce and USS Peterson.

Some two hours after the attack USS Joyce and USS Peterson together pick up 56 survivors from the American tanker Pan Pennsylvania that was the first and only ship sunk by U-550.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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