Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The USS Joyce (DE-317)-- Part 2

The Joyce's next convoy found it involved with rescue operations for the SS Pan-Pennsylvania, one of the largest vessels ever built, that had been hit by torpedoes.  In the process of rescuing survivors, the submarine was detected and the Joyce dropped a pattern of depth charges forcing the U-550 to the surface where the Joyce and two other ships opened fire.  After a hard fight, the submarine surrendered, but was scuttled.

The Joyce went on eight more convoys before being transferred to the Pacific in July 1945.  There, it protected some more convoys.

It was decommissioned May 1, 1946 and placed with the Atlantic Inactive Fleet in Florida.

As the Cold War heated up in 1950, the ship was recommissioned and became a Radar Picket Ship, serving first in the Atlantic and then the Pacific.  It was decommissioned in 1960 and sold for scrapping in 1973.

The Story of a Ship.  --GreGen

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