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USS DYESS (DD-880 / DDR-880)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBHU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - OAKBROOK

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. August 17 1944.
Launched January 26 1945 and commissioned May 21 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade February 1965.
Decommissioned February 27 1981.
Fate To Greece July 8 1981 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Dyess 42kAquilla James Dyess, born 11 January 1909 in Augusta, Ga., served in the Army, then he was appointed first lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve 4 November 1936. He was assigned to active duty at Norfolk 8 November 1940. He was killed in action at Namur Island, Marshall Islands, 2 February 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Dyess was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his daring and forceful leadership in the face of fierce opposition on the day of his death. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Dyess 110kUndated photo by Bill Wozniak taken from USS Yellowstone (AD-27), destroyers from the left are unidentified, USS Cone (DD-866), unidentified, USS Meredith (DD-890), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Bordelon (DD-881) at the French naval port of Mers el-Kébir, near Oran (French Algeria).Rick Rowan
Dyess 72kUndated, location unknown.-
Dyess 34kUndated, location unknown.Joe Peters MM3, 1952
Dyess 144kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Dyess 155kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Dyess 52kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 37kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Dyess 126kUndated, in Venice, Italy harbor.Thomas Becher
Dyess 175kUndated, location unknown. Drawing done 1958 in Ghent, Belgium by JB DeBudt, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Bordelon (DD-881).Robert J. Clark
Dyess 112kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dyess 125kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dyess 111kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dyess 111kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dyess 83kUndated, USS Turner (DD-834) and USS Dyess (DD-880) location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dyess 80kLaunching at Orange, Texas January 26 1945.Ron Reeves
Dyess 83kStarboard bow view of newly commissioned USS Dyess (DD-880) departing the Consolidated Steel Co. Shipyard, Orange, Texas, 26 May 1945. Note unidentified sister ship fitting out in background. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-86648.Mike Green
Dyess 105kStarboard quarter view of USS Dyess (DD-880) off Orange, Texas, 26 May 1945. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-86649.Mike Green
Dyess 153kApril 1947 at Brooklyn, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Dyess 241kApril 1947 at Brooklyn, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Dyess 163kUSS Dyess (DD-880) being refuelled by USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1950-1952. Official USN photo from the USS Coral Sea veteran's website.Robert Hurst
Dyess 91kDecember 26 1951, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Dyess 183kUSS Bordelon (DD-881), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) in Italian waters on October 1 1956.Carlo Martinelli
Dyess 282kUSS Dyess (DDR-880) underway on 15 January 1962, while serving with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo No. NH 106987.Mike Green
Dyess 74kBoston, June 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Dyess 55kSan Diego, February 5 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Dyess 47kEastern Pacific, February 8 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Dyess 45kSan Diego 5 February 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Dyess 108kUSS Dyess (DD-880) Whale Boat returning to the USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858) in the Aden anchorage, Aden Protectorate July 23 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Dyess 68kUSS Dyess (DD-880) being assailed by demonstrators as she sails through Port Said Harbor for the Suez Canal, 03 June 1967, just prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.Robert Hurst
Dyess 33kA series of three views of the USS Dyess (DD-880) alongside the British RFA Tidesurge (A-98) in the Indian Ocean, August 25 1967.Ken Killmeyer
Dyess 36kAs above.Ken Killmeyer
Dyess 37kAs above.Ken Killmeyer
Dyess 77kAn interesting newspaper clipping from December 1968 on a little known part of the Cold War.Robert
Dyess 105kNew York City, May 15 1971.Marc Piché
Dyess 105kNew York City, May 1978.Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Dyess 84kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 32kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 30kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 95kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dyess 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Dyess 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez

USS DYESS DD-880 / DDR-880 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History and Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Raymond Lester Fulton    May 21 1945 - 1946

CDR Merle Francis Bowman    1946 - Nov 1947

CDR Francis Edward Fleck Jr.    Nov 1947 - Jun 1948 (Later RADM)

CDR John Harlee    Jun 1948 - 1949 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Durant Patterson    1949 - Jul 1949

CDR William Edward Wallace    Jul 1949 - Jul 1951

CDR James Mathew Jones    Jul 1951 - Nov 22 1952

CDR John Elmer Dacey    Nov 22 1952 - Nov 1954 (Later RADM)

CDR Edward Isham Gibson    Nov 1954 - Feb 1957

CDR Grange Bowen McKinney    Feb 1957 - Oct 31 1958

CDR Paul Gerard Hannon    Oct 31 1958 - Dec 1960

CDR Charles Eugene Little    Dec 1960 - Mar 1963

CDR William Earl Fowler    Mar 1963 - 1964

LCDR Earl Wallace Numbers    1964 - Dec 1964

CDR James Lloyd Moss    Dec 1964 - Jan 7 1966

CDR Frank Comstock Mead    Jan 7 1966 - 1967

CDR William Coulter Semple III    1967 - 1968

CDR James Edward Murphy Jr.    1968 - 1970

CDR William Francis Sheehan Jr.    1970 - 1972

CDR Minot C. Morse Jr.    1972 - 1973

CDR Donald George Buxton    1973 - Dec 15 1974

CDR Bennett David Katz    Dec 15 1974 - Jul 30 1976

CDR Donald Joseph Fitzpatrick    Jul 30 1976 - Oct 20 1978

CDR Sanford Joe Snuffer    Oct 20 1978 - Feb 27 1981

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joe Peters

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Dyess website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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