JOYCE A. RALPH, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Joyce Ralph '23

Date of birth: December 26, 1899

Date of death: August 16, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:

1923 Ralph LB.jpg

Joyce Allen Ralph

Bisbee, Arizona

"Axle" "Bill"

NON-REG, that's him all over again. Plebe year he was on probation before Christmas. His trouble was too much courting of Lady Nicotine. However, with a little luck and good tendencies, he finished the year, collecting just a few over a hundred more demerits.

Early in Youngster year he began his quest for the ideal "femme". Since then his range of drags has been wide and varied, but his general average has made his fussing well worth while.

As a charter member of the Radiator Club he reigns supreme. Except on leave, sleep has always been very essential to him. With his ability to sleep at any time, anywhere and in any position, insomnia will never be a menace to him.

Heaving the heavy line has long been a favorite pastime of his. That he is both entertaining and instructive is evidenced by the fact that, after four long years his friends are still glad to sit down and listen for hours at a time. And last but not least are those wonderful inspirations of his.

Log Staff (4, 3).

1923 Ralph LB.jpg

Joyce Allen Ralph

Bisbee, Arizona

"Axle" "Bill"

NON-REG, that's him all over again. Plebe year he was on probation before Christmas. His trouble was too much courting of Lady Nicotine. However, with a little luck and good tendencies, he finished the year, collecting just a few over a hundred more demerits.

Early in Youngster year he began his quest for the ideal "femme". Since then his range of drags has been wide and varied, but his general average has made his fussing well worth while.

As a charter member of the Radiator Club he reigns supreme. Except on leave, sleep has always been very essential to him. With his ability to sleep at any time, anywhere and in any position, insomnia will never be a menace to him.

Heaving the heavy line has long been a favorite pastime of his. That he is both entertaining and instructive is evidenced by the fact that, after four long years his friends are still glad to sit down and listen for hours at a time. And last but not least are those wonderful inspirations of his.

Log Staff (4, 3).

Loss

Joyce was lost when the transport plane he was aboard crashed near Kodiak, Alaska, on August 16, 1942.

From Wartime Press, this undated passage:

Plane With 14 Missing in Alaska - A U.S. Navy plane with a crew of four and ten passengers enroute from Kodiak to Whitehorse, Alaska was reported overdue by the Navy Department, which notified next of kin of those aboard that the crew and passengers were missing. The flight was a routine one from Kodiak to Seattle, Wash. Three planes started on the trip and were forced to fly by instrument soon after taking off. Two made their way through the bad weather to Whitehorse. Naval aircraft have been making searches for the missing plane and other agencies were asked to assist in the search.

Those aboard the missing plane were Commander Joyce A. Ralph, USN; Lieut. Comdrs. Burton Lee Doggett, USN, Jerome H. Sparbo. USNR and Paul H. Tobelman, USN; Captain Arthur Barrows. USMC; Lieuts. Joseph A. Crook, USN and Thomas E. Johnson. Jr. (ChC), USN; Lieuts. (j.g.) Thomas G. Cherikos, USNR. Charles E. Deterding, USN and Jay A. Noble, Jr.. USN: Ensign Charles L. Mixon, USNR; Charles E. Barber. ACRM. USN; H. A. Scott, ACRM, USN, and C O. Walton, AMM2c. USN.

The aircraft was never located, and all 14 passengers and crew were declared dead a year and a day following their disappearance. The aircraft was a part of Transport Squadron (VR) 2.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

Joyce was the commanding officer of USS Schley (APD 14) following that ship's recommissioning in October 1940. He served aboard Schley until July 1941.

Related Articles

Burton Doggett '24, Paul Tobelman '26, Joseph Crook '36, Charles Deterding, Jr. '40, and Jay Noble, Jr. '40 were also passengers aboard this aircraft.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1923
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding

Others at this command:
September 1923
Ensign, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

November 1923
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding

Others at this command:
January 1924
Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

March 1924
Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

May 1924
Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

July 1924
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding

Others at this command:
September 1924
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding

Others at this command:
November 1924
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding

Others at this command:
January 1925
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding
March 1925
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding
May 1925
Ensign, USS James K. Paulding
July 1925
Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command:
October 1925
Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command:
January 1926
Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command:
October 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command:
January 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command:
April 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command:
October 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

January 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

April 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

July 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

October 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

January 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

April 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

July 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS California

January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS California

April 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS California

October 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), 14th Naval District
January 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District
April 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District
July 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District
October 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District
January 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District
April 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Aide to Commandant, 14th Naval District

Others at this command:
October 1932
Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Charles Hart '30 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
January 1933
Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S)
ENS Charles Hart '30 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
April 1933
Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Charles Hart '30 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
July 1933
Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Charles Hart '30 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
October 1933
Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Charles Hart '30 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
April 1934
Lieutenant, USS Texas


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B)
ENS Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1)
July 1934
Lieutenant, USS Texas


Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1)
October 1934
Lieutenant, USS Texas


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1)
January 1935
Lieutenant, USS Texas

April 1935
Lieutenant, USS Texas

October 1935
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
January 1936
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
April 1936
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
July 1936
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
January 1937
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
April 1937
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station, Louisville, Kentucky
September 1937
Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District

January 1938
Lieutenant, USS Tulsa
July 1938
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Finch
January 1939
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Finch
June 1940
Lieutenant Commander, USS Augusta

November 1940
Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Schley
April 1941
Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Schley


Class of 1923

Joyce is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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