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USS Daly (DD-519)
The USS Daly is the namesake of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, who was awarded two Medals of Honor.
The first was as a Private during the China Relief Expedition in the battle of
Peking, China on August 14, 1900. The second was as Gunnery Sergeant during
the Haitian Campaign (1915) between October 24 and 25, 1915.
USS Daly was a Fletcher Class Destroyer built by Bethlehem Steel Company in
Staten Island, New York. She was launched on October 24, 1942, and sponsored by
Mrs. A. Ransweiler, niece of Sergeant Major Daly. The Daly was commissioned
March 10, 1943 with Commander R. G. Visser in command.
Daly displaced 2,050 tons, with a length of 376'6", a beam of 39'4"
and a draft of 17'9", and carried a crew of 329, at a top speed of 35
knots. Twin screws on twin shafts from geared turbines and high-pressure
water-tube boilers powered her delivering 60,000-shaft horsepower. Her armament
included five 5" 38 guns, four 40 mm Bufors and four 20 mm Oerlikon
Anti-Aircraft Guns and ten 21" torpedo tubes.
Daly sailed on both oceans in the two-ocean war. She screened the Ranger (CV-4)
in the Atlantic and Lexington (CV-16) from the East Coast through the Panama
Canal to San Diego, arriving August 4, 1943. She participated in the operations
at Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands, from August 11 through November 18.
She sailed from Pearl Harbor on December 9 for the Southwest Pacific reaching
Milne Bay at the east tip of the Papuan Peninsula of New Guinea on December
18. She participated in operations at Cape Gloucester on the northwest tip of
New Britain. She participated in operations at Cape Sudest on the northeast
coast of the Papuan Peninsula southeast of Buna, and Saidor on the north coast
of New Guinea facing the Vitiaz Strait. The Daly remained in the New Guinea area
participating in operations at Saidor and Cape Gloucester, before sailing for
Sydney, Australia on February 4, 1944.
The Daly steamed to Milne Bay on February 22 to
participate in operations in the Admiralty Islands at Los Negros Island at
the eastern tip of Manus Island, and Seeadler Harbor bounded on three sides by
Los Negros Island on the east and north and Manus Island on the south. She
participated in operations along the north central coast of New Guinea at Wewak
Harbor and Hollandia. She operated out of Seeadler Harbor against Sawar and
Wakde, and assigned patrol duty between Aitape and west to Tanamerah.
May 15 to August 7, 1944 the Daly participated in operations in Western New
Guinea, as the Southwest Pacific war worked its way up the chain. She steamed to
Sydney, Australia on the 7th for a brief overhaul.
steamed from Sydney to Humboldt Bay at Hollandia in New Guinea, and on September
11 sorted from Humboldt Bay northwestward for the invasion of Morotai.
MacArthurís forces were now north of the equator heading toward the
Philippines. The Dally steamed to Seeadler Harbor on September 29, and on
October 11 she was underway for the invasion of Leyte. The Daly participated in
the surface Battle of Surigao Strait, a phase of the decisive Battle for Leyte
Daly returned to Seeadler Harbor at Manus Island on November 3, and on November
9 steamed toward the West Coast to San Francisco Bay and the Alameda Ship Yards
for a major over-haul.
December 28, 1944 Lieutenant (j.g.) Theodore Roosevelt Curby replaced shipís
doctor George Augustine Sheehan. Curby was born in Maypearl, Texas and Sheehan
in Brooklyn, New York. Both were from large families, Curby was the youngest of
eight, and Sheehan the oldest of fourteen, and both were sons of medical
doctors. Doc Curby would take medical responsibility for a crew of 329,
slightly fewer than the 350 to 400 population of Maypearl. Two assaults remained
before war would end in the Pacific.
April 28, 1945 Doc Curby was killed onboard the Daly during a six minute attack
by five kamikaze aircraft in the vicinity of Okinawa. His commanding officer,
Commander Richard R. Bradley, Jr. wrote Doc Curby's wife, Marjorie, on May 8. He
know that anything I can say now will only add to your burden, but I do want you
to know how the ship felt about Dr. Curby.
was Doc's skipper and I know that there was not a better liked man on board. He
had the confidence of every member of the crew, and was continuously giving them
help and encouragement. His happy manner and constant cheerfulness was
contagious, and had its effect on all hands.
ship was under attack by enemy planes, and Doc was at one of the guns, giving
aid to a shipmate. One of the planes passed over the ship and crashed nearby.
The explosion which followed sent shrapnel in every direction, a piece of which
hit your husband. He passed away instantly without suffering.
am expressing the opinion of all of his shipmates when I say that your husband
was one of the swellest guys we ever knew.
"Richard R. Bradley, Jr."
August 14, 1945 Japan surrendered unconditionally, and on Sunday, September 2,
Japan officially signed a surrender agreement aboard the battleship Missouri in
October 18, 1945 Lieutenant (j.g.) Hilton R. Frank wrote Mrs. Marjorie C. Curby
advising her of the intent of the crew of the USS Daly. They were presently
compiling a book about the World War II activities of the Daly and crew. The
book would be dedicated to Doc Curby, and the two other crewmembers that died on
April 28, 1945. He asked Marjorie for a picture of Doc Curby to be included with
the written dedication. The book was written and published, and copies
mailed to the families.
The USS Daly was the namesake of a double Medal of Honor recipient, who was a tough Marine, and whose memory may have been an invisible force for the Daly. She was a tough ship with an even tougher crew earning eight Battle Stars over a course of twenty-seven months. The last two were earned with the help of Doc Curby.
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