Joseph Boyd (sailor)

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Joseph Boyd was a sailor in the United States Navy, who took part in Stephen Decatur's expedition into Tripoli harbor during the First Barbary War.

Boyd enlisted in the Navy 4 April 1803 as a steward. On 16 February 1804 he took part in the expedition which burned Philadelphia following her capture by the Tripolitanians. Boyd later became a clerk.

Namesake[edit]

In 1942, the destroyer USS Boyd (DD-544) was named in his honor.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.