A few weeks ago I downloaded a picture of the U.S.S. Boyd (DD544).
I can not find the web site it was on. IF anyone knows where it is let
Does anyone have any historical info on the BOYD? Who was she named
after? What was her combat record? etc.
Cal and all--
I have been aware of the existence of USS BOYD since my stint in
the Pentagon. Those of you who have ever been in the building know that
the halls and offices display an impressive amount of combat artwork, and
one of the most popular in the Navy spaces is a painting of the BOYD being
refueled from a carrier in heavy seas. (I don't know if this is the same
picture as on the Web.)
I have a copy of the painting in my home, and had previously done
some research on the background of the ship. She was a Fletcher-class
destroyer; the following is taken from "Dictionary of American Naval
Fighting Ships", Vol. 1, 1959:
Joseph Boyd enlisted in the Navy 4 April 1803 as a steward. On 16
February 1804 he took part in the expedition which burned PHILADELPHIA
following her capture by the Tripolitanians. Boyd later became a clerk.
BOYD (DD-544) was launched 20 October 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Co.,
San Pedro, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Styer, wife of Captain Styer;
and commissioned 8 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander U. S. G. Sharp in command.
As a unit of the Pacific Fleet, BOYD departed for Pearl Harbor 19
July 1943. After additional training she took part in the occupation of
Baker Island (1 September 1943) and then joined the fast carriers as a
screening vessel for the Wake Island raid (5-6 October) and the Gilbert
Islands landings (19 November-8 December). BOYD was damaged by a Japanese
shore battery while on a rescue mission. As a result she had to return to
Espiritu Santu, New Hebrides, for repairs.
Following repairs BOYD arrived at Pearl Harbor 23 March 1944. She
joined TF 58 for the Hollandia landings (21-24 April); Truk-Satawan-Ponape
raid (29 April-1 May); Saipan landings (11-24 June); 1st Bonins raid (15-16
June); Battle of the Philippine Sea (19-20 June); 2nd Bonins raid (24
June); 3rd Bonins raid (3-4 July); invasion of Guam (12 July-15 August);
Palau-Yap-Ulith raid (25-27 July); 4th Bonins raid (4-5 August); occupation
of the southern Palaus (9-24 September); and Morotai landings (15
September). She then joined TF 38 for the strikes against Okinawa (10
October), northern Luzon and Formosa (11-14 October), and Luzon (15
October), which preceded the Leyte landings. After taking part in the
Battle for Leyte Gulf (24-25 October), she screened the carriers launching
strikes against Luzon (5-6, 13-14, and 19-25 November).
Between 31 December 1944 and 22 January 1945 BOYD served as an
escort vessel. She the took part in the 24 January 1945 bombardment of Iwo
Jima and in the occupation of the island (19 February-1 March). She
arrived off Okinawa 25 march and remained there on screening duty until 30
June. She then rejoined the Third Fleet for strikes against the Japanese
home islands (10 July-7 August). One of the first vessels to return to the
United States after the Japanese surrender, BOYD departed Okinawa 7
September and underwent overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard (25 September-28
November). She then moved to San Diego, arriving 14 January 1946 and was
placed out of commission in reserve 15 January 1947.
Recommissioned 24 November 1950, the destroyer reported to the
Pacific Fleet. Following training off the west coast, BOYD departed for
Korea 28 May 1951. She remained there, serving with TF 77 and on the
Formosa Strait patrol, until returning to San Diego 21 December 1951. BOYD
departed San Diego 12 July 1952 for her second Korean tour. She served on
the Wonsan blockade and took part in the amphibious demonstration off Kojo
(6-15 October). She departed Korean waters in late January and arrived at
San Diego 16 February 1953. Since the end of the Korean fighting BOYD has
continued operations along the west coast and has made three Far Eastern
BOYD received 11 battle stars for World War II and five for her
I understand that BOYD remained in active U.S. commission until
1969; she was transferred to the government of Turkey on 1 October 1969.
My guess is that she is no longer in service.
Kenneth A. Boyd
P.O. Box 177
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0177