Allied Warships

USS Dorsey (DMS 1)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDMS 1 
ModHigh speed minesweeper 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down18 Sep 1917 
Launched9 Apr 1918 
Commissioned16 Sep 1918 
Lost9 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned at San Diego, California 9 March 1923
Recommissioned on 1 March 1930
Reclassified as High Speed Minesweeper DMS-1 on 19 November 1940
Lightly damaged by a Kamikaze on 27 March 1945 off Okinawa
USS Dorsey was wrecked in a Typhoon off Okinawa 9 October 1945 when she was driven aground (3 casualties)
Her hulk was destroyed on 11 January 1946.


Commands listed for USS Dorsey (DMS 1)

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1Lt.Cdr. Howard Lyman Collins, USN25 May 193915 Jun 1940 (1)
2Lt. Ronald MacNicol MacKinnon, USN15 Jun 194021 Mar 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Wayne Rowe Loud, USN21 Mar 194220 Aug 1943
4T/Lt.Cdr. Archibald Egerton Teall, USN20 Aug 194316 Jul 1944
5John Michael Hayes, USNR16 Jul 194423 Jun 1945
6Gorman Goodrich Powell, Jr., USNR23 Jun 19459 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Dorsey include:

12 May 1943
During 12/13 May 1943, USS Sailfish (T/Cdr. J.R. Moore, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour with USS Dorsey (T/Cdr. W.R. Loud, USN) and USS Seagull (T/Lt. F.L. van Camp, USN). USS Seagull only participated in the exercises on 12 May though. (2)

19 May 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll for a two day exercise together with her sister ship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN), light carrier USS Belleau Wood (Capt. J. Perry, USN) and destroyers USS Izard (Cdr. M.T. Dayton, USN), USS Charrette (Cdr. E.S. Karpe, USN), USS Bell (Lt.Cdr. J.S.C. Gabbert, USN), USS Burns (Cdr. D.T. Eller, USN), USS Conner (Cdr. W.E. Kaitner, USN), USS Patterson (Lt.Cdr. A.F. White, USN) and USS Dorsey (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Teall, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. War diary 14th Naval District for May 1943 + War diary USS Dorsey for May 1943

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