DOAK, Joseph, Jr., CAPT

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1970, DESRON 23, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
Service Years
1944 - 1974
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Home Town
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Retired to Seminole, Florida.

Date of Passing
Oct 06, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
  1945, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page

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Captain Joseph James Doak, Jr., U.S.N.
World War Two and Viet-Nam
Commodore DESRON 23

Joseph J. Doak Jr., USN, was born on 30 January 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended Public Schools and Saint Joseph’s College. He is a graduate  of the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1944, he was assigned to the USS QUINCY (CA-71) and served in her throughout the remainder of World War II.  The USS QUINCY participated in the Normandy and Southern France invasions before sailing for the Pacific war where she saw action including Okinawa and entered Tokyo Bay on 1 September 1945. 

Following the war, Captain Doak served in a variety of sea and shore assignments.  In July 1951, he was ordered to USS HEALY (DD-672) for the first of several tours of duty in various billets in destroyers, including Gunnery Officer of HEALY, and Executive Officer of USS BORDELON (DDR-881) and commanding officer of USS VAN VOORHIS (DE-1028) and USS DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD-779. His shore assignments had been as an instructor at the Naval Academy and at Tufts University. 

On the 11th of August 1962, at the moment of breaking her commissioning pennant, USS BARNEY (DDG-6) became the responsibility of her first commanding officer - Commander Joseph J. Doak, Jr. On 11 December 1963 at La Spezia, Italy, he was relieved as Commanding Officer by Commander Keith V. Johnson. 

CAPT. Joseph James Doak Jr., USS SIERRA (AD-18), June 1966 - September 1967

COMMODORE DESRON 23 (Destroyer Squadron 23), Captain J. J. Doak (July 1968 - January 1970).

Other Comments:
Joseph James Doak Jr. Capt. USN retired, 84, of Seminole, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, passed away in his home under the care of hospice, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, after a long battle with cancer.

Joe was a 1944 graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He spent 30 active years in the Navy. Among his many naval accomplishments, Joe commanded three destroyers, a destroyer tender, and as a commodore, led a squadron of six destroyers to Vietnam. He was a veteran of WWII, and the Vietnam War.

Upon retirement from the Navy, Joe chose to go back to teaching as he did previously at the Naval Academy, and at Tufts University.

In 1980, Joe and his wife, Betty, retired to Florida. Joe enjoyed traveling extensively, golfing, and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan.

Joe is survived by his wife, Betty of 56 years; a daughter, Maryellen; four sons, Joseph James III, Thomas Michael, Peter Thaddeus, and Daniel Francis; daughter, Elizabeth Anne; and six grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Jerome Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 am in the chapel.

Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery.

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
USS Quincy (CA-71)USS Healy (DD-672)USS Bordelon (DD-881)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028)Naval Medical Education and Training Command (NMETC), Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779)USS Barney (DDG-6)
Naval War College (Staff)USS Sierra (AD-18)DESRON 23, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1944-1945, USS Quincy (CA-71)
  1951-1953, USS Healy (DD-672)
  1954-1955, USS Bordelon (DD-881)
  1955-1956, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1957-1958, USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028)
  1959-1960, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Post-graduate School/Tufts-New England Medical Center
  1960-1961, USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779)
  1962-1963, USS Barney (DDG-6)
  1964-1965, Naval War College (Staff)
  1966-1967, USS Sierra (AD-18)
  1968-1970, DESRON 23, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyTufts University
  1941-1944, United States Naval Academy
  1959-1960, Tufts University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 06, 2007, Obituary: Joseph J. Doak, Jr., USNA '45
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