DORSEY DMS 1

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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 September 18 1917 - Launched April 9 1918

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

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

  3. USS DORSEY DMS-1
    Reclassified Destroyer Minesweeper (DMS) November 19 1940
    Lightly damaged by Kamikaza aircraft on March 27 1945
    3 of her crew were lost and remain on duty
    Wrecked in a typhoon off Okinawa October 9 1945
    Decommissioned December 8 1945

    Hulk was destroyed January 22 1946

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Dorsey Covers Page 1    (1930-42)

 

Postmarks

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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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Date From
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2nd Commissioning March 1 1930 to December 8 1945


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)

1938-08-08

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19380808 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19380808 1 Front.jpg

As DD-117


 

Locy Type
3s

1930-04-30

JonBurdett dorsey 19300430 pm.jpg
JonBurdett dorsey 19300430.jpg

As DD-117


 

Locy Type
3z

1942-03-05

JonBurdett dorsey dms1 19420305 pm.jpg
JonBurdett dorsey dms1 19420305.jpg

As DMS-1
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type F

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1933-04-21

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19330421 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19330421 1 Front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type F

"NARE ISLAND /
CALIF"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1933-07-01

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19330701 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19330701 1 Front.jpg

As DD-117
Killer text should be "MARE ISLAND". Add-on cachet by - Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type F

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIFORNIA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1934-02-22

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340222 1 Front.jpg

As DD-117
Washington's Birthday. Add-on cachet by - Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type F

"FLEET /
REVIEW"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1934-05-31

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340531 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340531 1 Front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type F

"FLEET /
REVIEW"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1934-05-31

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340531 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19340531 2 Front.jpg

As DD-117
Fleet Review, cachet by HUX Cachets


 

Locy Type F

"FLEET WEEK /
JUNE 10-17"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1935-06-11

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19350611 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19350611 1 Front.jpg

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 F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1936-10-12

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19361012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19361012 1 Front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28

1937-04-13

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19370413 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19370413 1 Front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type Fv

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-28a

1939-09-02

GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19390903 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Dorsey DD117 19390902 1 Front.jpg

As DD-117.

 

Other Information

USS DORSEY received six battle stars for World War II service

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

 


 

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