Monday, December 9, 2013

Follow-Up on USS Dewey (DD-349)-- Part 2

The Dewey then joined TF-11 (Task Force) and sailed to relieve the Marines at Wake Island on December 15, but returned after finding out Wake had fallen on 23 December.

The Dewey then screened the aircraft carrier USS Lexington until it was lost at the Battle of the Coral Sea. Then, it provided cover for the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga through Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons.

In 1943, the Dewey was largely in Alaskan waters. In 1944, it was at the Marshalls, Carolines, Marianas Islands and the battle of the Philippines Sea and was damaged in Typhoon Cobra.

It later provided support at Iwo Jima before being decommissioned 10 Oct 1945 and sold Dec. 1946.

The ship mounted five 5-inch guns, was 341 feet long and had a crew of 160.

One of thenm was Bud Cloud so he saw planty of action in the Pacific during his time in the Navy.

One of the Greatest Generation. --GreGen

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