Joy, Charles Turner, ADM

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Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1952-1954, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1916 - 1954

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Joy, Charles Turner, ADM USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
St. Louis, MO
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Jun 06, 1956
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 7 Plot 1607

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
US Navy Admiral. He served as an admiral during World War II and the Korean War. After receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1912, he graduated as an ensign in 1916 and served in the battleship USS Pennsylvania for more than four years, including the period of the US participation in World War I. In 1923, after receiving a graduate degree in ordinance engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, he began two years as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Yangtze Patrol, China, followed by a tour as Executive Officer of the Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Pope, an assignment with the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington DC, sea duty with the battleship USS California, and service at the Naval Mine Depot at Yorktown, Virginia. In the mid-1930s, as a lieutenant commander, he became the commander of the destroyer USS Litchfield and was on the staff of Commander Destroyers, Battle Force. In 1937 he became an instructor at the US Naval Academy, followed in 1940 as the Executive Officer of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis. When the US entered World War II in December 1941, he was the Operations Officer for Commander Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet and assisted in planning and executing combat operations against Japan. In 1942 he was promoted to the rank of captain and commanded the heavy cruiser USS Louisville from September 1942 until June 1943, during which time he was active in the Aleutian Islands and South Pacific war campaigns. In 1944. following a war plans tour at the Navy Department in Washington DC, he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral and became commander Cruiser Division 6, leading it through nearly a year and a half of intense combat service against the Japanese. He participated in eleven naval combat engagements in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the Battles of Bougainville, Rennell Island, Guadalcanal, Attu, Saipan, the Philippine Sea, Formosa and Okinawa. After the Japanese surrender in August 1945, he was assigned to duty in China as the Commander, Yangtze Task Force. In 1946 he returned to the US and became head of the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, Virginia. In 1949 he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral and he returned to the Western Pacific to become Commander Naval Forces, Far East and held that position until mid-1952, directing much of the Navy's effort during the first two years of the Korean War, directing the amphibious landings at Inchon, Korea. From July 1951 until May 1952 he was the senior United Nations (UN) delegate to the Korean Armistice Negotiations. Negotiations languished after he put the final UN Command package proposal on the table in April 1952. Frustrated by lack of progress, he requested a reassignment and he returned to the US to become the Superintendent of the US Naval Academy and he retired in that position in July 1954 with 38 years of continuous military service. His military and foreign decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with combat "V" device, the Mexican Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal with escort clasp, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with Atlantic clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Service Medal with one service star, the Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars, the Order of British Empire, and the United Nations Korea Medal. He was then promoted to the rank of admiral on the retired list for having been especially commended in combat in accordance with an Act of Congress passed on March 4, 1925 and February 23, 1942 (colloquially known as a "tombstone promotion"). In 1955 he authored the book "How Communists Negotiate," based on his experiences while a part of the Korean Armistice Negotiations. He died of leukemia at the age of 61. The destroyer USS Turner Joy, which was in service from 1959 until 1991, was named in his honor as well as Turner Joy Road at the US Naval Academy. In 1978 his memoirs "Negotiating While Fighting: The Diary of Admiral C. Turner Joy at the Korean Armistice Conference" was published.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyBureau of OrdnanceNAVWPNSTA YorktownCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Indianapolis (CA-35)Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)United Nations Command (UNC)
  1916-1921, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1923-1925, USS Pope (DD-225)
  1923-1925, Commander Yangtze Patrol (ComYangPat), Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1927-1928, Bureau of Ordnance
  1928-1931, USS California (BB-44)
  1931-1933, NAVWPNSTA Yorktown
  1933-1935, USS Litchfield (DD-336)
  1935-1939, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1939-1941, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1942, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1942-1943, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1944-1945, Commander, Cruiser Division SIX
  1945-1946, USS Nashville (CL-43)
  1946-1946, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
  1949-1951, Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE)
  1951-1952, United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, United Nations Command (UNC)
  1952-1954, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Defense of Adak
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Invasion & Occupation of Attu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  1912-1916, United States Naval Academy
  1920-1921, United States Naval Academy
  1921-1923, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  USS Turner Joy DD-951
  Jun 03, 1916, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jan 01, 1918, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 12, 1927, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1936, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 01, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 19, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Apr 01, 1949, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jan 01, 1954, Retired
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