Allied Warships

USS Dewey (DD 349)

Destroyer of the Farragut class

USS Dewey before World War 2

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 349 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down16 Dec 1932 
Launched28 Jul 1934 
Commissioned4 Oct 1934 
End service19 Oct 1945 

She started her service in the Atlantic, but soon she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet, where she cruised all along the West Coast, and took part in most of the pre-war US battle-exercises.

At the time when Pearl Harbor was attacked, she was in the dry dock, missing the action. In the following month she left on numerous sorties, but most of them had been called of, and she did not have too much contact with the enemy. However she got plenty of it in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

She was escorting the Lexington (CV-2), bringing down several attacking Japanese aircraft, but she could not save the carrier, only 112 of her survivors. After the battle she was attached to the destroyer screen of USS Enterprise, but she arrived late to the Midway Islands, and missed the battle. She participated in the landings and the following fierce naval battles around the Solomon Islands.

Later she served in the Northern Pacific, in the invasions of the Aleut-Islands, and as war went on, USS Dewey happened to be present at almost every major American landings, like Kwajalein, Tinian, Saipan, Guam, and performed brilliantly. As a result, she was awarded 13 Battle Stars for her services. She was decommissioned on 19 October 1945, stricken on 1 November 1945 and sold for scrap on 20 December 1946.


Commands listed for USS Dewey (DD 349)

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1Lt.Cdr. Samuel Walter DuBois, USN4 Jun 19387 Jul 1940
2Lt.Cdr. August Jackson Detzer, Jr., USN7 Jul 194013 Mar 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Charles Frederick Chillingsworth, Jr., USN13 Mar 194210 Nov 1942 (1)
4T/Cdr. Joseph Patrick Canty, USN10 Nov 194220 Dec 1943 (1)
5T/Lt.Cdr. Richard Goodwin Copeland, USN20 Dec 194324 Aug 1944 (1)
6Lt.Cdr. Frank Weddigen Bampton, USN24 Aug 194423 Sep 1944
7Charles Raymond Calhoun, Jr., USN23 Sep 194419 Oct 1945 (1)

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Notable events involving Dewey include:

17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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