NCDUs Joyce, Richard Wood

John Robertson

Staff member
Richard Wood
  • UNIT
U.S.N.R. NCDU (attached USS Cherokee)
  • RANK
Shipfitter First Class
Navy Cross
North Africa 1942
from Brooklyn, New York
born 3.2.1922 Brooklyn, New York
father Caleb W. Joyce (1886-1968)
mother Norma Monroe (nee Wheeler) (1893-1985)
pre-war built his own diving helmets
employed as Salvage worker
1951 married Virginia F. (nee Forster) Joyce (1921-1998)
died 31.01.2000
Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, New York, USA


Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Shipfitter First Class Richard Wood Joyce, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty as member of a demolition party attached to the Fleet Tug U.S.S. CHEROKEE (AT-66), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 to 11 November 1942. Assigned the extremely dangerous task of cutting through an enemy obstruction in order that the U.S.S. DALLAS could navigate up the Sebou River in order to land raiders near a strategic airport, Shipfitter First Class Joyce and his shipmates, on the night of 9 November, proceeded with grim determination toward their objective. Despite the treacherous surf, he and his comrades skillfully and courageously accomplished their hazardous mission of cutting the cables at the mouth of the river, as guns from the French fort opened fire. Countering the enemy's attack until out of range, Shipfitter First Class Joyce and the other members of his party, in spite of the enormous breakers which battered their boat, brought her back to safety. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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