Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Cony (DD/DDE-508), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Joseph S. Cony (1834â€“1867), a naval officer during the Civil War. Cony was launched 16 August 1942 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. W. R. Sleight; and commissioned 30 October 1942 at Boston, Lieutenant Commander Harry D. Johnson in command. Cony escorted a troop convoy from Norfolk to NoumÃ©a, New Caledonia, where she arrived 27 January 1943. She patrolled between Espiritu Santo and Efate, and on 6 March joined in the bombardment of the Vila-Stanmore area on Kolombangara, continuing her patrol and escort duties until clearing for overhaul at San Francisco 28 April.