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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 18 September 1917 - Launched 9 April 1918

  1. USS DORSEY Destroyer No. 117
    Commissioned 16 September 1918

  2. USS DORSEY DD-117
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 9 March 1923
    Recommissioned 1 March 1930

    Reclassified Destroyer Minesweeper (DMS) 19 November 1940
    Lightly damaged by Kamikaza aircraft on 27 March 1945
    3 of her crew were lost and remain on duty
    Wrecked in a typhoon off Okinawa 9 October 1945
    Decommissioned 8 December 1945

    Hulk was destroyed 22 January 1946


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

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  1. USS Dorsey DD-117 / DMS-1 Covers Page 1    (1930-1942)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning 1 March 1930 to 8 December 1945


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)


As DD-117


Locy Type


As DD-117


Locy Type


As DMS-1. Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28


As DD-117. Add-on cachet by - Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type Fb

JUNE 10-17"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28


As DD-117. Fleet Week / California Pacific International Exposition, cachet by Norman K. Mary, (ANCS #16) and George P. Stickell, NMC (ANCS #22)


Locy Type Fb

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28
(Empty Killers)


As DD-117. Columbus Day, cachet by C. Wright Richell and Norman K. Mary


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28
(Loose Center Killer Bar)


As DD-117. Backstamp from "Mare Island Station", Vallejo, CA dated 04/13/1937.


Locy Type Fv

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28a


As DD-117.


Other Information

USS DORSEY earned the World War I Victory Medal w/ Escort clasp, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ six battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her career.

NAMESAKE - John Dorsey
Appointed Midshipman 28 April 1801, and assigned to Commodore Preble's Mediterranean Squadron on USS SIREN. Dorsey was killed 7 August 1804 while engaging Tripoli shore batteries, when a shell struck his ship's magazine.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. Means, distant relative of Midshipman Dorsey.



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