August 22, 2009
In 1998, I created a Web site relating to the USS Maloy (DE-791). It was a part of my personal Web site, but it began to get detected by the search engines and soon I was getting emails every week from former shipmates, people with artifacts and photos they wanted to include on the site, and inquiries. Sometime in 2005, my Internet service provider simply dropped all personal Web sites, saying that he was losing money on them. I had no advance notice that this was going to happen. At that time, I was too busy to reconstruct what we had previously had. The site was dormant but not forgotten. I apologize for the site's disappearance.
Recently I learned that Google would host sites free of charge. I am attempting to reconstruct the old Maloy Web site here, on Google Sites. Please bear with me as I gradually locate and post all the "stuff" our good shipmates sent me.
Bob Mead, last Executive Officer of USS Maloy, 1964-65
Thomas Joel Maloy, born 26 September 1906 in Portland, Oregon, enlisted in the Navy 30 September 1926. On 13 November 1942, in action off Guadalcanal, Chief Watertender Maloy’s ship, light cruiser ATLANTA (CL-51), was torpedoed and went dead in the water. After ordering his crew to abandon number one fireroom, Maloy remained at his station struggling to stem the rapid flooding of the area. Compelled to leave the compartment, he proceeded to the forward engineroom to investigate conditions there. He perished in this heroic attempt to save the ship. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Guadalcanal campaign. MALOY (DE-791) was laid down by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas, 10 May 1943; launched 18 August 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas J. Maloy, widow of Chief Watertender Maloy; and commissioned 13 December 1943, Lt. Frederic D. Kellogg in command.
USS MALOY (DE-791) spent her entire World War II service with the Atlantic Fleet. On her first assignment she escorted troop transports to the Panama Canal and screened an escort carrier back to the east coast. Then in early March 1944, she crossed the Atlantic to Northern Ireland and until June conducted amphibious training along the English coast in preparation for the invasion of France.
Maloy shown as she appeared during the Normandy Invasion. This photo was saved by a plankowner, Joseph Mason Swick, and his grandson, Jeremy Porter, and only recently (1998) surfaced.
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, MALOY supported operations off Omaha Beach in this hard-fought assault where naval gunfire support played a decisive role in victory. She continued to patrol off the Normandy coast and among the Channel Islands for the remainder of the war, raiding enemy shipping whenever possible. With the capitulation of Germany 8 May 1945, she escorted the first convoy to reenter St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. The destroyer escort then returned to the United States, arriving 18 June 1945.
The following May, MALOY commenced working for Operational Development Force, New London Detachment, and was redesignated EDE-791, 14 August 1946. For the next 18 years MALOY played a large role in the ever-changing Navy, primarily testing and evaluating experimental equipment in connection with various projects of the Underwater Sound Laboratory. While testing the new equipment, MALOY continued to fulfill regular duties, which included service as a school and training ship for the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, and participated in antisubmarine warfare, convoy and other fleet exercises.Maloy shown sometime after she was fitted out with variable depth sonar used in underwater research.
During this time she also successfully completed emergency assignments. At Portland, Maine, 11 November 1947 to 25 March 1948, MALOY provided electrical power for the city when, because of extreme drought conditions, local power companies could not draw on their normal power source, the lakes and rivers of the area. In May and June 1961, she cruised off the Dominican Republic to provide, if necessary, protection for American citizens during the revolution in that country. And the following year she provided support for the Cuban quarantine of October-November.
For the next 2 years, MALOY continued her test and evaluation assignments. She was decommissioned at Philadelphia 28 May 1965 and was struck from the Navy list 1 June 1965. On 11 March 1966, she was sold to the North American Smelting Company of Wilmington, Delaware, for scrap.
MALOY received one battle star for World War II service.
-- From the 'Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,' (1969) Vol. 4, pp.207-208.
Transcribed by Michael Hansen
This page is dedicated to the memory of the Maloy shipmates who are no longer with us.