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Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on September 18 1917.
Launched April 9 1918 and commissioned September 16 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego March 9 1923.
Recommissioning on March 1 1930.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-1 November 19 1940.
She was lightly damaged by a Kamikaze on March 27 1945 off Okinawa.
Stricken January 3, 1946
Fate Dorsey was wrecked in a Typhoon off Okinawa October 9 1945 when
she was driven aground, her hulk destroyed January 11 1946.
3 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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- John Dorsey, a native of Maryland, was appointed midshipman 28 April 1801. He was killed 7 August 1804 in the attack on Tripoli in north Africa when Gunboat No.9 was blown up by an enemy shell.Robert M. Cieri
Dorsey 199kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Dorsey 156kUndated photo of the USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Hovey (DD-208) and an unidentified sister moored at a dock in Vancouver BC. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1535-: CVA 99-2456, by Walter E. FrostMike Green
Dorsey 101kUndated photo of the USS Dorsey (DD-117). Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 67698.Mike Green
Dorsey 144kUndated photo of the USS Dorsey (DD-117).Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Dorsey 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Dorsey 162kPhotographed circa 1920-1921, after having her after 4"/50 gun moved from the main deck to atop an enlarged deckhouse. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Dorsey 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Dorsey 115kU.S. Navy destroyers moored together at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1934. Ships present include (from left to right): USS Breckinridge (DD-148); two unidentified destroyers; USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); six unidentified destroyers and USS Hopkins (DD-249). U.S.Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 50099.Robert Hurst
Dorsey 93kCirca mid 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché/Richard Miller

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Franklin Neal    Sep 16 1918 - May 20 1919 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Richard Peterson    May 20 1919 - Aug 26 1920

LCDR John Calvin Jennings    Aug 26 1920 - Jan 16 1921

LCDR Raymond Foss Frellson    Jan 16 1921 - Nov 30 1922

LT Homer Louis Grosskopf    Nov 30 1922 - Feb 21 1923 (Later RADM)

LTJG Emmett Peter Forrestel    Feb 21 1923 - Mar 8 1923 (Later VADM)

(Decommissioned March 8 1923 - Mar 1 1930) 

LCDR Francis Warren Rockwell    Mar 1 1930 - May 30 1931 (Later VADM)

LCDR Ellis Mark Zacharias Sr.    May 30 1931 - Jun 3 1933 (Later RADM)

LCDR Myron Wells Hutchinson Jr.    Jun 3 1933 - Jan 1 1934

LT Benton Weaver Decker    Jan 1 1934 - Jun 10 1935

LCDR William Fishback Loventhal    Jun 10 1935 - Jun 30 1937

LCDR Howard Raymond Healy    Jun 30 1937 - May 25 1939

LCDR Howard Lyman Collins    May 25 1939 - Jun 15 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Ranald MacNicol MacKinnon    Jun 15 1940 - Mar 21 1942

LCDR Wayne Rowe Loud    Mar 21 1942 - Aug 20 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Archibald Egerton Teall    Aug 20 1943 - Jul 16 1944

LT John Michael Hayes    Jul 16 1944 - Jun 23 1945

LT Gorman Gerard Powell Jr.    Jun 23 1945 - Oct 9 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Dorsey (DMS-1)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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