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ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY: TEXAS STATE HISTORY ASSOCIATION: TEXAS DAY BY DAY: AUGUST 28: SAMUEL D. DEALEY


Texas sub commander receives Medal of Honor

August 28th, 1945

On this day in 1945, Edwina Dealey,


the widow of Navy Commander Samuel David Dealey, received his posthumous Medal of Honor . A member of the prominent Dealey family of Dallas, Samuel was born in 1906. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1930, and took command of the submarine USS Harder in December 1942.


He quickly proved to be one of the most aggressive and successful American submarine commanders of World War II. He took the ship in 1943 to the Pacific and made five highly successful patrols, but failed to return from a sixth. He was particularly noted for heading toward enemy destroyers and discharging the sub's forward tubes before making the standard maneuver of diving into silent running; this effective but dangerous maneuver, which Dealey used by permission from the commander of the Pacific Fleet, sank five Japanese destroyers in four days. Dealey officially sank sixteen enemy vessels in all.


He was group commander of a submarine "wolf pack" consisting of the Harder, the Hake, and the Hado in waters off Luzon, Philippines. On August 24, 1944, the Harder was heavily and fatally depth-charged. Commander Dealey was declared missing in action and presumed dead on October 2, 1944.



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USS DEALEY
Specifications:
Class: Dealey
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1952 - 53
Number in Class: 3
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,940 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 18' 10" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Squid ASW mortar (none in DE 1015), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Dealey (DE 1006) Building and Operational Data:

  • 15 December 1952: Keel laid at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

  • 08 November 1953: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Samuel D. Dealey, widow of Commander Dealey

  • 03 June 1954: Commissioned, Lcdr R. H. Rossell in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 10 at Newport, R.I.

  • Dealey was homeported at Newport, R.I. throughout her career

  • 28 July 1972: Decommissioned at Newport after 18.2 years of service, Struck from the NVR, and transferred to Uruguay, renamed ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3)

  • 1991: Decommissioned by Uruguay, scrapped


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HISTORIC NOTE:  TEXAS LANDMARK SITE

DEALEY PLAZA - SITE OF JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION - DALLAS, TEXAS- NOVEMBER 22, 1963



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