Joseph Ferrall Foley, USN

Born  23 Oct 1908Littleton, North Carolina, USA
Died  4 Nov 1995(87)Norfolk, Virginia, USA


30 Jun 1938 Lt.
15 Jun 1942 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Nov 1942 T/Cdr.

Retired: 1959


Warship Commands listed for Joseph Ferrall Foley, USN

USS Rodman (DD 456)T/Cdr.Destroyer5 Dec 194214 Oct 1944

Career information

Joseph Ferrall Foley was the commanding officer of the destroyer RODMAN during the following 3 events. Operation Monstrous took place in the Mediterranean in May of 1944, when 8 destroyers hunted for U616, which had recently sunk two allied vessels. Depth charges forced the sub to surface and abandon ship. ELLYSON and RODMAN picked up all 53 men. After leaving the prisoners in Mers el Kabir, Algeria, RODMAN proceeded to England, and on June 6, was part of the second wave of vessels headed to Normandy. JFF commanded an escort unit made up of a British destroyer, several smaller British anti-submarine vessels, and Troop Convoy B140 consisting of 15 LSTs and 25 LCIs. They maintained a screening position for 19 days, and then left for Cherbourg, France, to assist the US Army in liberating that city. On August 15, RODMAN participated in the allied invasion of southern France, at St. Tropez.

JFF was born in Littleton, NC, grew up in Columbus, GA, and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1931. He made Captain in 1950, and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 1959. He died in Norfolk, VA in 1995.

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