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USS Dealey (DE 1006)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - W - O
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Fall River"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star

Class: Dealey
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1952 - 53
Number in Class: 3
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,940 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 18' 10" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Squid ASW mortar (none in DE 1015), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Dealey (DE 1006) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 December 1952: Keel laid at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • 08 November 1953: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Samuel D. Dealey, widow of Commander Dealey
  • 03 June 1954: Commissioned, Lcdr. R. H. Rossell in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 10 at Newport, R.I.
  • Dealey was homeported at Newport, R.I. throughout her career
  • 28 July 1972: Decommissioned at Newport after 18 years and 1¾ months of service, Struck from the NVR, and transferred to Uruguay, renamed ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3)
  • 1991: Decommissioned by Uruguay, scrapped
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    36k Samuel David Dealey was born on 13 September 1906 in Dallas, Tex. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1930. He served in USS Nevada (BB 36) before training for submarine duty. At the outbreak of WWII he was in command of S-20, and assumed command of the new USS Harder (SS 257) upon her commissioning in December of 1942. Commander Dealey guided his submarine deep into enemy waters, wreaking destruction on Japanese shipping. He won four Navy Crosses, the Silver Star, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded Harder for heroism in combat. On his fifth war patrol, for which he received the Medal of Honor, Commander Dealey pressed home a series of bold and daring attacks. Harder sank five Japanese destroyers, most with very close range "down the throat shots." On 24 August 1944, while on her sixth patrol, Harder was lost with all hands off the island of Luzon during a depth charge attack.

    USS Dealey (DE 1006) (1954-1972) was the first ship named in Commander Dealey’s honor. (Photo from Home of Heroes Website)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    131k circa 1954 - 1955: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Dealey (DE 1006) off in the distance preparing to come alongside USS Canisteo (AO 99) to fuel. Dealey was operating in the North Atlantic with USS Taylor (DD 466), USS Robert A. Owens (DDE 827), Canisteo (AO 99), an unidentied radar picket ship and an unidentified aircraft carrier. They were conducting testing the use of blimps on the Distant Early Warning System, also known as the DEW Line.

    (Photos taken by Janna's Dad, Lt.(jg) George V. Vuscavage from Atlanta, Ga., who was stationed at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey at the time.)
    Janna Ryals
    Little Hocking, Oh.
    former MR2, USN, 1985-1992
    183k circa 1954 - 1955: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Dealey (DE 1006) pulling alongside the starboard side of USS Canisteo (AO 99) to fuel.
    76k An undated postcard view of Dealey.  (Postcard © Arnold Art Store, Newport, R.I.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: A unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet home ported at Newport, R.I. on Narragansett Bay. (Official U.S. Navy photograph)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    192k 28 May 1954: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Dealey (DE 1006) is shown on her trials. She was unique in mounting the British Squid ahead-throwing ASW mortar, one of which is visible just forward of her bridge. Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    55k date / location unknown Richard A. Roy
    101k circa 1954-55: Taken from the deck of USS Greenwood (DE 679) as fueling lines are about to be passed. John Lorence
    117k date / location unknown

    (Photo © Paul B. Lowney)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    40k circa 1955 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    203k undated: Two views of Dealey, one underway and the other at anchor. Both pictures were taken after the FRAM program of the early 1960's. Dealey received a very austere upgrade compared to most of her sister ships. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    271k A 1965 rendering by artist Frank V. Colson of Dealey underway off Newport, R.I. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    577k 19 February 1968: the Atlantic Ocean - A starboard bow aerial view of the escort ship USS Dealey underway.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #K-45006 from the United States National Archives)
    302k 1970: USS Dealey at sea off the coast of Newport, R.I.
    190k 25 July 1970: Newport, R.I. - USS Cascade (AD 16), with Dealey, USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030), and USS McCloy (DE 1038) alongside, tied up at Naval Station Newport.

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    J.A. Furer
    202k undated: Newport, R.I. - Postcard view of Pier 1. USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) and USS Voge (DE 1047) are alongside USS Yosemite (AD 19). Dealey, USS Cromwell (DE 1014), and USS Compton (DD 705) are behind them nested alongside another tender, probably USS Cascade (AD 16).
    (Photo © The John Twomey Distributing Co., Newport, R.I.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    142k early 1970's: Newport, R.I. - USS Warrington (DD 843), USS Hugh Purvis (DD 709), and Dealey tied up at Naval Station Newport. Vince Venincasa
    76k ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3) (ex-USS Dealey) soon after her transfer to Uruguay. Orlando Gallardo Jr.
    67k Color photo of 18 De Julio soon after her transfer to Uruguay.
    82k 01 June 1984: A gunner examines the sights on his 3-inch gun aboard the Uruguayan frigate 18 De Julio during Operation UNITAS XXV.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-08257 by JOCS Kirby Harrison from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    92k 01 June 1984: The forward section of 18 De Julio as the ship operates near Montevideo, Uruguay, during Operation UNITAS XXV.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-08296 by JOCS Kirby Harrison from the DVIC)
    263k 2009: Montevideo, Uruguay - The remains of ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3), formerly USS Dealey (DE 1006). The ship's mast and antennas are located at the entrance to the Naval Base next to the Montivideo Naval Museum.

    (Photos provided by Carlos Tartar)
    Marc Arsenault

    Dealey Memorabilia
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    Dealey History
    View the USS Dealey (DE 1006) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Dealey's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  03 Mar. 1954 - .. .... 1955Lcdr. Robert Hamilton Rossell (USNA '43) (St. Louis, Mo.)
    2.)  .. .... 1955 - .. .... 1957Lcdr. Ralph Albert Hilson (USNA '45) (Canton, Oh.)
    3.)  .. .... 1957 - .. May 1960Lcdr. Albert W. Vittek (prior enl.) (Baltimore, Md.)
    4.)  .. May 1960 - .. Jul. 1961Lcdr. Donald Robert Jex (USNA '47) (Port Huron, Mich.)
    5.)  .. Jul. 1961 - .. Jun. 1963Lcdr. George Bjorn Lindgren (ROTC) (Gothenburg, Sweden)
    6.)  .. Jun. 1963 - .. Jun. 1964Lcdr. Louis Rhea Lester Jr. (Norfolk, Va.)
    7.)  .. Jul. 1964 - .. .... 1966Lcdr. David Newton Denton (prior enl.) (Jefferson City, Tenn.)
    8.)  .. .... 1966 - .. .... 1968Lcdr. James Robert Talbot Jr. (NROTC '53)
    9.)  .. .... 1968 - 26 Jul. 1969Lcdr. Peter Clauson Peterson Jr. (USNA '56) (Netherwood, N.J.)
    10.) 26 Jul. 1969 - .. .... 1971Lcdr. Harry Kenneth Fiske (NROTC '58) (Pittsfield, Mass.) (ret. as Radm.)
    11.) .. .... 1971 - 28 Jul. 1972Lcdr. Silas Oscar (Sy) Nunn III (USNA '59) (Warrenton, N.C.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2022 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys
    Escort Squadrons 8, 10, 14

    15 - 18 September 2022 at Baltimore, Md.
    the Washington-Dulles Airport Hilton
    Chairman: Marc Arsenault
    Address: 98 Oxbow Road
    City/State: Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
    E-mail: marc-a at
    contact through Newport Dealey link below
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