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Admiral Dewey
  Admiral Dewey in 1897

Born in Montpelier,VT
on 26 Dec 1837
Died in Washington, DC
on 16 Jan 1917

Admiral of the Navy George Dewey, USN
Secretary, Lighthouse Board;
Board of Inspection and Survey;
Commander, Asiatic Squadron;

President, General Board of the Navy Department;
Chairman, Joint Army-Navy Departments Board

Congressional Sword of Honor
Congressional Battle of Manila Bay Medal (Dewey Medal)
Civil War Medal
Spanish Campaign Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal

George Dewey was born on December 26, 1837 in Montpelier, Vermont. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1857 and he was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1861. During the Civil War he served with Admiral Farragut during the Battle of New Orleans and as part of the Atlantic blockade. From 1871 until 1896, Dewey held a variety of positions in the Navy. In 1897 he was named commander of the Asiatic Squadron.

On May 1, 1898, Dewey engaged the Spanish forces at Manila Bay in the Philippines and demolished them, inflicting very heavy casualties. His troops occupied the bay and Manila itself alone until General Wesley Merritt's soldiers arrived in August.

In March, 1899, by an act of Congress, Dewey was appointed Admiral of the Navy. In the spring of 1900, Dewey was selected to become president of the newly created General Board of the Navy Department, whose role was to prepare for war in peacetime. Serving on this Board for the next sixteen years, he was instrumental in the development of a larger fleet and greater Naval presence, including the voyage of the Great White Fleet in 1907.

In July, 1903, Dewey was given an additional task when Secretary of War Elihu Root and Secretary of the Navy William Moody agreed to establish a Joint Army-Navy Departments Board. Dewey, being the senior officer on the new board, served as chairman.

George Dewey remained in the Navy and served on both boards until his death on January 16, 1917 at the age of 79. Dewey is buried in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Ships of the United States Navy Named in Honor of
Admiral of the Navy George Dewey

USS Dewey (YFD 1) 
  Floating Dry Dock

Floating Dry Dock USS Dewey c. 1906
18,500 tons, 502 feet
Christened 1905.

This USS Dewey began service in 1906 at USNB Subic Bay, Olangano, Philippines.
She was moved to Mariveles, Bataan, as U.S. forces retreated before the advancing
Japanese invaders. Before the surrender, she was scuttled there. After the Japanese
raised her, she was sunk again by U.S. forces.

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Battle Star,
Victory Medal, World War II

USS Dewey (DD 349) 
  Farragut-Class Destroyer

USS Dewey DD-349
1,726 tons, 341 feet, 36 kts, four 5-in guns, eight 21-in torpedo tubes, etc.
Commissioned 1934.

This USS Dewey was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and took aircraft under attack.
She fought valiantly at Wake Island, Rabaul, the Solomons, the Coral Sea, Noumea,
Midway, Guadalcanal, the Eastern Solomons, Amchitka, Attu, Kiska, Kwajalein,
Eniwetok, Mille Atoll, Palau, Hollandia, Truk, Tinian, Saipan, the Philippine Sea, Guam,
Iwo Jima, Leyte, and Okinawa.
She was decommissioned in October 1945, at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 13 Battle Stars,
Victory Medal, World War II

Adm Elmo Zumwalt
USS Dewey (DLG 14) 
  Guided Missile Frigate

USS Dewey (DDG 45) 
  Farragut-Class Guided Missile Destroyer

USS Dewey DDG-45
5,800 tons, 513 feet, 37 kts, one 5-in gun, two triple-mount torpedo tubes, four missile launchers, etc.
Commissioned 1959.

This USS Dewey's first captain was Commander Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr., who went
on to become an Admiral and the youngest man ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations.

Because of their size, closer to a WWII cruiser than a destroyer, these ships were originally
classified as frigates. The Frigate Dewey joined the Atlantic Fleet and made cruises along the
length of the North Atlantic and into the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. In 1969, she was
decommissioned to undergo a 15-month modernization refit at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
After installing new RADAR and electronics, modifying the missile systems, and installing tactical
data exchange systems she was recommissioned in 1971.

In June 1975, the Dewey was reclassified as a Guided Missile Destroyer and received hull number 45.
She continued to patrol the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean until again decommissioned in 1990.

National Defense Service Medal,
Cold War Victory

USS Dewey (DDG 105) 
  Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyer

USS Dewey - USS Pinckney in background
9,200 tons, 510 feet, 30 + kts, Phalanx CIWS, SAM missiles, Tomahawk missiles, ASROC missiles, etc.
Two SH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopters.
SH-60B Sea Hawk Helos Commissioned 2010.
This USS Dewey serves as a member of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-one (DESRON-21),
of Carrier Strike Group Three which is currently headed by the Nimitz-Class, nuclear-powered,
attack carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

National Defense Service Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

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