Joe’s good friend Dawn hand delivered the Murphy bell to the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC a couple of days ago. Joe was in charge of the bell until he passed this summer. The last Murphy survivors decided that the Navy Memorial would be the best place for it.
This website was originally started by Joe Van Eyzeren and the USS MURPHY DD 603 SAILORS ORG. I’ve helped Joe with the website over the years and right before Joe passed, he asked me if I’d keep it going. It’s the least that I could do, and will do so as long as I can.
So with that said, I’ve migrated the original website to WordPress. I’ve added the ability for visitors to comment and add their stories. It will live on as a tribute to the sailors of the USS Murphy and “The Greatest Generation”.