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USS Doyle (DD-494/DMS-34)

The USS Doyle (DD-494/DMS-34) was a Gleaves class destroyer during World War II and a high speed minesweeper in the Korean War. Named for Richard Doyle (years of service 1803-1807), she was the only ship in the U.S. Navy to bear this name.


Built in Seattle, WA, by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company, Doyle was launched in March 1942, and commissioned in January 1943, under the command of Lieutenant Commander C. E. Boyd.

Naval History

From April 1943 through April 1944, Doyle performed as an escort in the Atlantic and fulfilled antisubmarine duties and training exercises. After a deployment in the Caribbean as an escort for aircraft carrier Bataan, Doyle sailed to reached Plymouth, England at the end of April 1944, to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. When D-Day arrived, Doyle provided gunfire support to the landing forces and rescued 37 survivors from two amphibious Landing Craft, Infantry, or LCI’s. After patrol duty, Doyle returned to Plymouth for a minor overhaul.

In August 1944, in preparation for the invasion of southern France, Doyle escorted a convoy to the combat zone and offered support for the landings. Throughout the invasion, Doyle escorted convoys from Naples and patrolled the waters off Marseilles. She arrived at New York in October for an overhaul.

After escorting several convoys to north Africa, Doyle arrived at Norfolk, Virginia in June 1945, for conversion to a high speed minesweeper and was reclassified DMS-34. Doyle sailed for the Pacific and arrived at Sasebo, Japan, for occupation duty and served as a flagship. After returning to San Francisco, in 1946, Doyle performed her duties throughout the Pacific up until April 1948. In 1950, Doyle supported United Nations efforts by escorting troop transports from Sasebo to Korea and protected aircraft carriers providing air support for the ground troops. She screened a precarious rescue involving 800 South Korean guerillas near Changea Dong. After overhauls at Sasebo in September 1950 and San Diego in March 1951, Doyle assisted with invasion and evacuation activities as well as mine-sweeping duties until the end of the war.

Doyle spent 5 months in the Mediterranean during 1954 before being decommission and placed in reserve, May 1955. Doyle received two battle stars for World War II and six for Korean War service.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Doyle (DD-494)

Aboard civilian and naval craft like the USS Doyle, ACMs (asbestos-containing materials) could be found in many areas of the ship especially those that contained heavy machinery and thus required fireproof insulation. The engineering and power sections on Doyle utilized asbestos-containing materials to insulate conduits, to protect the ship's boilers, and to cover parts of the ship's engines and steam turbines. Although asbestos-containing materials were most commonly used in the engineering rooms, it was common to find them throughout the ship. Those serving on the USS Doyle faced a continual risk of asbestos exposure while on board.

Since being exposed to asbestos is the primary causal factor for malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, there are legal options available for service men and women who have developed an asbestos disease after serving on board navy destroyers or other types of navy ships. Please take a minute to complete the request form on this page and we'll mail you an information kit, free of charge.



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships ( Retrieved 19 January 2011

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