USS Doyle DMS-34

The USS Doyle DMS-34, obliviously named after me, was a Gleaves-class destroyer (one of sixty six destroyers built 1938-42, designed by Gibbs & Cox, their first ship was called Gleaves). Doyle was built by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. C. M. Maloney and launched March 17, 1942.

The destroyer was named after Richard Doyle who entered the Navy on August 25, 1803 and was assigned to the schooner USS Enterprise. In November, the same year, he was promoted to quarter gunner (whose duty it was to assist the gunner of the ship in keeping the guns and their carriages in proper order, scaling the barrels when necessary, filling the cartridges with powder, etc.). In 1804 he was on board during the the First Barbary War and later served on the frigate USS John Adams and died in 1807 while serving on the sloop-of-war USS Wasp.

During WWII, the USS Doyle served as a convoy escort, and in anti-submarine operations. For the invasion of Normandy she sortied with the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla to clear the assault area. Doyle gave fire support to the landing forces on D-Day and received on board 37 survivors of LCIs 93 and 487.

She continued escorting convoys and was converted to a highspeed minesweeper (the hull classification symbol for this type of ship was “DMS.” Forty-two ships were so converted) June 23, 1945. For the Korean War, 1950, Doyle escorted troop transports and screened aircraft carriers.

Doyle continued to run mine sweeping missions and supported the underwater demolition team from Diachenko to clear dangerous approaches to Wonsan Harbor. Later she acted as fire-support ship for Korean Landing at Suwon Dan in November.

Doyle was placed out of commission in reserve May 19, 1955 at Orange, Texas and sold for scrap October 6, 1972. She received two battle stars for WWII and 6 for Korean War Service. Doyle was 348 feet 3 inches long and had a beam of 36 feet. She drafted 11 feet 10 inches and was propelled by 4 boilers and 2 propellers.

Doyle could travel 6500 nautical miles at 12 knots and had a top speed up to 37.4 knots. She had 5 x 5″ 38 caliber dual purpose guns, 6 x 0.50″ guns, 6 x Oerlikon 20mm cannons, 10 x 21″ torpedo tubes and 2 x depth charge tracks.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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