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Dorsey (DMS 1)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Love - George


Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Boy - Love

Wickes Class Destroyer/Dorsey Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 September 1917 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 9 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Dorsey, Destroyer No. 117, 16 September 1918
  • Designated DD-117, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 9 March 1923 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 1 March 1930
  • Reclassified as a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-1, 19 November 1940
  • Grounded in typhoon at Okinawa 9 October 1945, total loss
  • Decommissioned 8 December 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 3 January 1946
  • Hulk destroyed 1 January 1946.


  • Displacement 1,090 t.
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 4"
  • Draft 11' 4"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three White-Forster boilers, two 26,000shp Cramp (Parsons design) geared turbines, De Laval single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Dorsey 66k . Barb Rebold
    Dorsey 262k 6 February 1943
    Dorsey after her overhaul at Hunters Point Navy Yard.
    U.S. Navy photo 1080-43 from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Dorsey 133k c. 1945
    Alongside USS Goodhue (APA-107)
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 83406
    Gary Priolo

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR George Franklin Neal, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral16 September 1918 - 20 May 1919
    02LCDR John Richard Peterson, USN20 May 1919 - 26 August 1920
    03LT Kendall Preston, USN1920
    04LT Proctor Morton Thornton, USN1921
    05LCDR Raymond Foss Frellson, USN1921
    06LT Homer Louis Grosskopf, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1922
    07LCDR John Calvin Jennings, USN1922
    08LTJG Emmett Peter Forrestel, USN - Retired as Vice AdmiralFebruary 1923 - 8 March 1923
    09LCDR Francis Warren Rockwell, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral1 March 1930 - 30 May 1931
    10LCDR Mark Zacharias, Sr., USN - Retired as Rear Admiral30 May 1931
    11LCDR Myron Wells Hutchinson, Jr., USN1933
    12LT Benton Weaver Decker, USN1934
    13LCDR William Fishback Loventhal, USN1936
    14LCDR Howard Raymond Healy, USN1937 - 1939
    15LCDR Howard Lyman Collins, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1940
    16LCDR Ranald MacNicol MacKinnon, USN1941
    17LCDR Wayne Rowe Loud, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralMarch 1942 - 20 August 1943
    18LCDR Archibald Egerton Teal, USN20 August 1943 - 16 July 1944
    19LT John Michael Hayes, USN16 July 1944 - 23 June 1945
    20LT Gorman Gerard Powell, Jr., USN23 June 1945 - 9 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Dorsey (DMS 1)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Dorsey (DD-117)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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