USS Doherty (DE-14)
USS Doherty (DE-14) was an Evarts class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and returned home safely at war's end.
USS Doherty was named in honor of John Joseph Doherty, who received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic work in the Marshall Islands which resulted in him being lost in action. The ship, originally intended for transfer to Great Britain, was launched on 29 August 1942 as Berry (BDE-14) by Mare Island Navy Yard; retained for use by the United States Navy; named Doherty on 6 January 1943; and commissioned on 6 February 1943, Lieutenant Commander A. Jackson, Jr. in command.
World War II
After escorting a convoy to Cold Bay, Alaska from 23 April-11 May 1943, Doherty served on escort duty between the west coast and Pearl Harbor from 23 May – 15 September. She sailed from San Francisco, California on 15 September for duty in Alaskan waters where she escorted merchant ships and occasionally served as plane guard for United States Army Air Forces bomber strikes over the Kuriles. Doherty returned to San Francisco for overhaul on 28 September 1944, then sailed to San Diego, California, for training.
Leaving San Diego on 23 November, Doherty operated as a training vessel in submarine exercises at Pearl Harbor from 2 December 1944 – 5 February 1945. She arrived at Guam on 16 February on escort duty and for the rest of the war plied between Guam and Okinawa on escort, patrol and air-sea rescue missions.
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- Photo gallery of Doherty at NavSource Naval History