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USS Dewey (YFD-1)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - World War I Victory Medal - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Defense Medal

Yard Floating Drydock:
  • Laid down in early-1905 by Maryland Steel Co., at Sparrow Point, MD.
  • Launched, 10 June 1905
  • Dewey's first lift was on Friday 23 June 1905 when she test lifted the armored cruiser USS Colorado (ACR-7)
  • Dewey's second test lift was the battleship USS Iowa (BB-4).
  • Commissioned USS Dewey (Drydock # 1), date unknown
  • USS Dewey was under tow from 28 December 1905 to 9 July 1906 enroute from Virginia to Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands by USS Caesar (Collier # 16), USS Brutus (Collier # 15), USS Glacier (Stores Ship # 4) and Potomac (Fleet Tug # 50)
  • Reclassified YFD-1 in the Navy's fleet-wide assignment of alphanumeric hull numbers, 17 July 1920
  • At the outbreak of World War II USS Dewey was at Naval Station Subic Bay
  • To prevent the drydock from falling into enemy hands she was towed to Mariveles harbor on the tip of the Bataan Peninsula and there she was scuttled, 8 April 1942 by her docking officer LT. C.J. Weschler
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 8 April 1942, raised by the Japanese and sunk again by US Forces
  • USS Dewey earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,500 t.
    Length 501 ¾'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 6 ½' (empty)
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown

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    Dewey 766k USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) during test lift of the battleship USS Iowa (BB-4), 23 June 1905, in the Patuxent River MD.
    Post card - Maker; Polychrome A-7642, Published by The American News Company New York, Leigzig, Dresden. Printed in Germany. No copyright. Postmarked, 3 January-1912, aboard USS Potomac (Fleet Tug # 50), probably at Norfolk Navy Yard.
    Bruce D. Liddel
    Dewey 102k Artwork by F. Muller, depicting the floating drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) during her voyage from the United States to the Philippines, under tow by USS Caesar (Collier # 16), USS Brutus (Collier # 15), USS Glacier (Stores Ship # 4) and USS Potomac (Fleet Tug # 50), in 1906.
    US photo # NH 54498 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dewey 99k Artwork by F. Muller, depicting the floating drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) during her voyage from the United States to the Philippines, under tow by USS Caesar (Collier # 16), USS Brutus (Collier # 15), USS Glacier (Stores Ship # 4) and USS Potomac (Fleet Tug # 50), in 1906.
    US photo # NH 54499 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dewey 68k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo, Philippine Islands, circa 1 to 4 April 1907 with USS Maryland (Armored Cruiser # 3) in the dock.
    US Navy photo # NH 50360 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1967.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shark115k Floating Drydock Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910, with USS Shark (Submarine # 8) in the dock. The gunboat USS Elcano (Gunboat # 38) is also in the drydock, in the right background.
    US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 86963 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chauncey 115k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910, with USS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) in the dock.
    US Navy photo # NH 73124 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Mr. F.M. Deats, 1963
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chauncey 81k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910, with a stern view of USS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) in the dock.
    US Navy photo # NH 73125 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Paul Rebold
    Moccasin 122k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1912 with Submarines
    USS A-6 (Submarine # 7) ex-Porpoise ,
    USS A-4 (Submarine #5) ex-Moccasin and
    USS A-2 (Submarine #3) ex-Adder
    in the dock, circa 1912. The bow of their tender, USS Mohican, is at left, with an anchor suspended from her starboard cathead.
    US Navy photo # NH 90185 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mohican 87k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1912 with Submarines
    USS A-6 (Submarine # 7) ex-Porpoise ,
    USS A-4 (Submarine # 5) ex-Moccasin and
    USS A-2 (Submarine # 3) ex-Adder
    in the dock, circa 1912, with their tender, USS Mohican.
    US Navy photo # NH 90181 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    New Hampshire 125k USS Mohican in the "other end" of the USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1). From the Collection of Victor L. Anderson USN Robert Hurst
    Galveston 63k Floating Drydock USS Dewey at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1916 with USS Galveston (Cruiser # 17) in the dock.
    US Navy photo # NH 69717, courtesy of Arthur B. Furnas, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Milwaukee 87k USS Milwaukee (CL-5) Sailors working on the ship's propellers, while she was drydocked in USS Dewey (YFD-1) at Naval Station Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 25 February 1929.
    US Navy photo # NH 64618, donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.
    US Naval Historical Center
    S-30-35 128k The Floating Drydock USS Dewey (YFD-1) with USS Pittsburgh (CA-4) in the dock is in the background at Naval Station Olongapo, Philippine Islands in March 1929. Submarine crewmen pose with a 4"/50 deck gun on board an "S-Type" submarine. The submarines are probably;
    USS S-30 (SS-135) and
    USS S-31 (SS-136).
    Behind them are (from front to rear);
    USS S-35 (SS-140)
    ,
    USS S-33 (SS-138)
    ,
    USS S-32 (SS-137)
    , and
    USS S-34 (SS-139).
    Photographed from USS Beaver (AS-5).
    US Navy photo # NH 51830
    US Naval Historical Center
    Augusta 68k Floating Drydock USS Dewey (YFD-1) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, 29 January 1936 with USS Augusta (CA-31) in the dock.
    US Navy photo # NH # 78379 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 112k USS Jason (AV-2) dry docked in USS Dewey (YFD-1) at Naval Station Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 9 March 1932. USS Canopus (AS-9) is in the upper right, with four submarines moored alongside. The outboard submarine is USS S-38 (SS-143).
    US National Archives photo # 80-CF-22672-1 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 73k USS Jason (AV-2) drydocked in USS Dewey (YFD-1), at Naval Station Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 8 March 1932.
    US National Archives photo # 80-CF-22672-3 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dewey 75k USS Dewey (Dry Dock # 1) at Naval Station Olongapo, Philippine Islands in 1937. Photo from the Rulen Collection. Sam Stokes

    There is no DANFS history for USS Dewey (YFD-1) available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Dewey Drydock YFD-1
    "Across the Atlantic in a Dry Dock" - San Francisco Call, May 20 1906
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