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USS Dempsey (DE 26)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Dempsey (DE 26) Building and Operational Data:
  • 1 October 1942: Keel laid as BDE-26 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 19 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. G. E. Quillan
  • 14 June 1943: Retained for U.S. Navy use and named Dempsey
  • 24 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr H. A. Barnard, Jr. in command
  • 23 November 1945: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 April 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
  • 16 June 1947: Removed from U.S. Naval custody
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    Dempsey 109k 19 February 1943: Mrs. G. E. Quillan, wife of Lt. Quillan, Ship Superintendent New Construction, and sponsor of the USS Dempsey (DE 26) is seen at the bow of the ship prior to her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-26-1303-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Dempsey 205k 07 July 1943: Stern view of the USS Dempsey (DE 26) (inboard) and USS Duffy (DE 27) (outboard) pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard outfitting pier.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-26-4546-43)
    Wintle 152k 07 July 1943: Bow view of the USS Dempsey (DE 26) (inboard) and USS Duffy (DE 27) (outboard) pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard outfitting pier. USS Wintle (DE 25) is aft of Dempsey and Duffy.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-26-4547-43)
    Dempsey 263k May 1944: Espiritu Santo, The New Hebrides - The crew of USS Dempsey pose for a photo while the ship was in port.

    (Photo courtesy of the USS Dempsey Association, List of names courtesy of Murray Lambert and Warren Therien)
    Steve Carlson
    USS Dempsey Ass'n
    Dempsey 89k 10 May 1944: Espiritu Santo, The New Hebrides - Port bow view of USS Dempsey (DE 26) approaching USS ARD-10, at a Solomon Island area base.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-382983 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Dempsey 88k 10 May 1944: Espiritu Santo, The New Hebrides - USS Dempsey (DE 26) entering the floating drydock ARD-10 at a base in the Solomon Islands area.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-382982, now in the collections of the National Archives.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Dempsey History
    View the USS Dempsey (DE 26) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Dempsey as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Dempsey's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 24 Jul. 1943 - 13 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Harry Allan Barnard, Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '36) (Washington, D.C.)
    2.) 13 Dec. 1943 - 11 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Joseph (Stormy) Alban Weber, Jr., USNR (Chicago, Ill.) (ret. as Radm., USNR)
    3.) 11 Feb. 1945 - 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. William C. Harris, Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Steve Carlson's USS Dempsey web site
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    The U.S. Navy Memorial
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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