Daly was a Fletcher Class Destroyer built by Bethlehem Steel Company in
Staten Island, New York. The
ship’s sponsor was Mrs. A. Ransweiler, niece of Sergeant Major Daly,
USMC. The keel was laid in 1942; the ship was launched on October
24, 1942, and commissioned on March 10, 1943, with Commander R. G.
Visser as Commander Officer.
displaced 2,050 tons, was 376½ feet in length, with a 39½ foot beam
and a 17¾ foot draft. Her
full crew complement was 297.
10 March 1942
geared turbines, twin shafts and high pressure water-tube boilers with a
designed maximum speed of 35 knots delivered by 60,000 shaft horse
power. Her formidable
armament included five 5 inch 38 guns; four 40 mm Bufors and four 20 mm
Oerlikon Anti-Aircraft Guns, and ten 21 inch torpedo tubes.
May, and 21 June 1943, the Daly screened Ranger (CV-4)
on exercises and patrol off Argentia, Newfoundland.
She sailed from
New York – a week later screening the carrier Lexington (CV-16) and
arrived at San Diego 4 August. The
next day she was underway for Alaska, arriving at Adak 11 August.
She escorted transports to the invasion of Kiska from 15 to 21 August;
then patrolled on escort duly between Kiska and Attu until 18
November, when she sailed for Pearl Harbor – arriving 23 November.
Pearl Harbor 9 December 1943 and arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 18
December. Four days later
she sortied to escort landing craft during the assault on Cape
Gloucester, New Britain, on 26 December.
She splashed two attacking Japanese bombers, then aided survivors
from Brownson (DD-518) rescuing 168 of her crew despite exploding depth
charges from the sinking ship which caused temporary loss of power on
crew picking up Brownson survivors.
bringing survivors on board
covered the withdrawal of the LST’s to Cape Sudest, then escorted a
convoy to Saidor for the invasion landings of 2 to 4 January 1944.
She remained in the New Guinea area covering re-supply operations
for the troops on Saidor and Cape Gloucester until 4 February when she
sailed for Sydney, Australia.
ploughing through heavy seas.
to Milne Bay, 22 February 1944, Daly sailed with TG 74.2 for the
invasion of the Admiralty Islands, participating in the bombardments of
Los Negros Island on 29 February and
Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, on 7 March, and patrolling in
support of the landing forces. She
returned to Milne Bay 12 March.
She operated from this port on various training exercises and
bombarded Wewak Harbor on 17 March, then sortied 18 April for the
Hollandia operation. She
provided fire support for the invading troops on 21 and 22 April, then
operated out of Seeadler Harbor to bombard Sawar and Wakde on 29 and 30
April and to patrol between Aitape and Tanamerah.
From 15 May
to 5 August 1944, Daly served in the Western New Guinea operations.
She provided fire support and bombardment in the Toem-Wakde-Sarmi
area, off Biak, Noemfoor, and Mios Woendi Islands, and acted as radar
guard and linking ship between the landing and covering forces off Cape
Sansapor. After a brief
overhaul at Sydney, Australia, she sortied from Humboldt Bay 11
September for the invasion of Morotai, providing patrol and fire support
before returning to Manus 29 September.
She got under-way on 11 October to render fire support to the
invading troops on Leyte and joined in the surface action with Japanese
ships during the Battle of Surigao Strait phase of the decisive Battle
for Leyte Gulf on 25 and 26 October.
Daly returned to Manus 3 November and six days later sailed for a
west coast over-haul.
Convoy in formation
arrived off Iwo Jima 16 February 1945 in the screen of air support
carriers. She rescued 11
survivors of Bismarck Sea (CVE-95), sunk by a suicide plane on 21
February. Daly cleared the area 7 March for San Pedro Bay, Leyte, to
join forces preparing for the invasion of Okinawa.
On 27 March she sortied to provide patrol and fire support during
the assault and occupation of Okinawa.
During a suicide attack on 28 April, she took an enemy plane
under fire and splashed it a scant 25 yards off the port beam. The plane’s bomb exploded, killing three and injuring 16 of
Daly’s crew. Repairs were
quickly accomplished at Kerama Retto, and Daly resumed her hazardous
patrol duty. On 25 May she
aided Bates (APD-47), a kamikaze’s victim, rescuing one badly burned
survivor from the sinking ship. On
10 June she screened the carriers of the 3rd Fleet in their
strikes on the Japanese mainland.
Bridge Fire Control 43-44
replenishing at Leyte Gulf, Daly returned to Okinawa 16 July 1945. She joined with TF 95 to sweep the East China Sea for enemy
shipping. Two more searches
off the mouth of the Yangtze River and approaches to Shanghai were made
before the end of the war. Daly
arrived at Nagasaki 14 September for occupation duty, serving in
Japanese waters until 17 November when she departed Sasebo for the
United States, arriving at San Diego 6 December.
She arrived at Charleston, SC, 23 December, and was placed out of
commission in reserve 18 April 1946.
could not hold the spirited ship, however, and subsequent to WWII during
the period of international tension between the communist and
non-communist nations, the Daly was re-activated early in 1951 along
with a fleet of other destroyers. During
the next several months during the sweltering heat of summer
temperatures, a green crew comprised of recalled reserves and recently
drafted recruits put forth a supreme effort to prepare the Daly for
re-commissioned on 3 July 1951, in the US Naval Shipyard, Charleston,
South Carolina. Following a
seven-weeks’ shakedown cruise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she joined the
US Atlantic Fleet as part of Destroyer Division 302.
February and March 1952, Daly participated in the fleet-wide Convex III
as part of a fast carrier task
force unit operating from the Northern Atlantic to the north- eastern
tip of South America. In
the latter part of March she once again returned to the Charleston Yard.
Daly on Cooper River, Charleston, SC 1953
yard in July 1952 she again sailed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where
training continued until September at which time she returned to her
home port, Newport, Rhode Island, with a stop-over for three days’
liberty in New York City, docking along side a Hudson River pier.
of 1953 Daly joined other ships of
the fleet in Operation Springboard which, in addition to extensive
training, included liberty in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and
French Martinique. She
returned to Newport in February.
short pre-deployment yard availability in Boston Naval Ship-yard, Daly
departed Newport, RI, on 18 May 1953 for duty in Korea.
Services were provided for gunnery exercises at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. Then a transit of the
Panama Canal and several days at Balboa.
Next port was San Diego for four days.
original schedule a port call at Pearl Harbor was changed with
orders to escort an AE, the Mt. Katmai, to Japan.
So instead of a visit to Hawaii, Daly spent about four hours at
Midway Island on 14 June to refuel and arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, on 22 June to replenish and
proceeded to the east coast of Korea for duty with Task Force 77,
conducting air missions over Korea.
was spent on patrol at Cheuju-Do Island, which contained large numbers
of Chinese and North Korean POW’s.
The armistice was signed on 27 July, and Daly continued
operations with TF 77 with occasional independent duly.
While in the area, operational and R&R visits were made at
Pusan, Korea, and Sasebo, Beppu and Hokadate in Japan.
Looking Aft from Port Side 40mm Gun Mount
Daly was detached to proceed home.
The itinerary provided for visits to Hong Kong, and crossing the
equator at longitude 106º 38’ before entering Singapore where
Thanksgiving 1953 was celebrated. Then
to Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Bahrein in the Persian Gulf, and
transited the Suez Canal and called at Pireaus, Greece.
Christmas 1953 was spent in Greece and it was on to Cannes,
France, to welcome 1954. After
a brief stop at Gibraltar 4 January, then Bermuda 12 January, Daly
proceeded home to Newport, RI, USA, arriving 15 January 1954.
Daly in Dry Dock
1954 Daly entered the Boston Navy Yard for a major alteration to the
armament and other ship equipment.
After the yard period, Daly proceeded to the Caribbean on 27
August 1954 for a shakedown and training at Guantanamo Bay, returning
to Newport 26 October 1954.
departed again to the Caribbean on 3 February 1955 for fleet
operations, returning to Newport on 5 March 1955.
extended cruise was to Northern Europe and then on to the Mediterranean,
departing Newport on 28 July 1955.
Visits to the following ports were interspersed with Fleet
Operations, Portsmouth and Plymouth in England, Invergorden in Scotland,
Copenhagen and Aalborg in Denmark, Helsinki in Norway, and Tuku in
Finland, and Bremerhaven
and Kiel in Germany.
tour of many popular Med ports, including Rhodes and Istanbul, the Daly returned to Newport on 28
trip to the Caribbean area was scheduled for the period 5 January 1956
to 10 February 1956.
of operations continued until that fateful day in 1960 when five
sailors were lost at sea during the ship’s return to Norfolk. The Daly was then retired in 1960 to the inactive fleet.
She was eventually sold for scrap in 1967, and now is nothing
more than memories to those who served with her.
for this information were:
Directory of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Naval Historical Foundation
Rowan USN (retired)
Daly Cruise Book 1945