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This Month in Naval History


Samuel David Dealey, born 13 September 1906 in Dallas, Tex., graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1930 and had duty in Nevada (BB-36) before training as a submariner. In command of S-20 at the outbreak of World War II, he assumed command of Harder (SS-257) upon her commissioning 2 December 1942. Commander Dealey guided his submarine deep into enemy waters, wreaking destruction on Japanese shipping. He won the Navy Cross four times and the Silver Star once, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his command, for heroism in combat. On his fifth war patrol, Commander Dealey pressed home a series of bold and daring attacks, both surfaced and submerged, which sank three destroyers and damaged two others. For his exceptional gallantry in these actions, Commander Dealey was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was lost with his submarine during the sixth patrol, when Harder was sunk 24 August 1944 by a depth charge attack off Luzon.

(DE-1006: dp. 1,280; 1. 314 6; b. 36'9"; dr. 9'3";
s. 25 k.; cpL 170; a. Classified; cl. Dealey)

Dealey (DE-1006) was launched 8 November 1953 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. Samuel D. Dealey, widow of Commander Dealey; and commissioned 3 June 1954, Lieutenant Commander R. H. Rossell in command.

Homeported at Newport, Dealey sailed on local exercises, cruised to Key West, Fla., to serve with the Fleet Sonar School, and joined in convoy exercises in the Caribbean during her first 21/2 years of service.

On 4 January 1957 she sailed from Newport for a South American cruise, returning 21 March for exercises off the Atlantic coast. NATO exercises in the Irish Sea in September and October took her to Plymouth, England, and Brest and Cherbourg, France.

On 12 May 1958 Dealey sailed for the Mediterranean as flagship of Commander, Escort Squadron 10, screening Wasp (CV-18) to her duty with the 6th Fleet. She patrolled the eastern Mediterranean during the Lebanon crisis and returned to Newport 7 October.

On 3 February 1959 she put to sea for Guantanamo Bay, and after exercises there sailed through the Panama Canal for calls at Buenaventura, Colombia; Salinas, Ecuador; Talara and Callao, Peru; and Valparaiso and Antofagasta, Chile. During this cruise she exercised with the navies of all four countries. She returned to Newport 20 April, and sailed on NATO exercises, calling at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Greenwich, England, and Lisbon, Portugal, before returning to Newport 11 October. She operated in the Narragansett Bay area for the remainder of 1959.

Dealey continued these operations, plus a cruise to the Caribbean and an amphibious exercise off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts, until 20 June 1960 when she began a short overhaul at the New York Naval Shipyard. Returning to Newport on 22 July, the escort prepared for distant duty. On 22 August, she sailed for exercises in the Caribbean, and continued on a voyage around South America. After visits to Trinidad Venezuela, and Colombia, Dealey sailed through the Panama Canal, down the coast of South America, calling in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, transited the Straits of Magellan, and turned northward, visiting Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Trinidad. On 13 December, Dealey arrived home in Newport, where she passed the remainder of the year.

The USS Dealey is part of the Nine Dealeys Class ships that were based in Newport Rhode Island from 1954 through 1973. You can find more information about the this and other Dealey ships on the Newport Dealeys website. Click Here!

There will be a reunion for the Newport Dealey ships on Oct 20-23, 2005 in Jacksonville, FL.

Please Contact:
Charles Holzschuh
14396-A Canalview Dr,
Delray Beach,FL 33484
Phone 561-499-2818.


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