James Charles Dempsey, USN

Born  30 Aug 1908Eastport, Maryland


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Ranks

1 Jul 1939 Lt.
  Lt.Cdr.
1 Nov 1942 T/Cdr.

Decorations

Feb 1942 Navy Cross (1)
Mar/May 43 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for James Charles Dempsey, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS S-37 (142)Lt.Submarine11 Aug 194126 Feb 1942
USS Spearfish (190)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 Mar 1942Mar 1943
USS Cod (224)T/Cdr.Submarine22 Oct 194315 Jun 1944

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Submarine USS S-37 (142)


9 Dec 1941
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Manila Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Verde Island Passage.

19 Dec 1941
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) returns to Manila Bay to refuel and restore. She departed from for her 2nd war patrol the same day. Initially she was ordered to patrol the Calavite Passage.

2 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols in the Basilan Strait.

4 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Jolo Island.

12 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Tarakan, Netherlands East Indies.

15 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) was ordered to leave the Tarakan area and proceed to Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

23 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 2nd war patrol at Surabaya.

2 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Surabaya for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Makassar Strait.

8 Feb 1942 (position -5.10, 119.24)
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Natsushio (offsite link) about 22 nautical miles south of Makassar, Celebes in position 05°10'S, 119°24'E.

18 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Lombok Strait.

21 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 3rd war patrol at Surabaya.


Submarine USS Spearfish (190)


2 Mar 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Pryce) called at Tjilatjap, Java, and took on board 12 members of the staff of the commander of the submarines of the Asiatic Fleet.

5 Mar 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Pryce) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

27 Mar 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) leaves Fremantle for her 3th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sulu Sea and in Lingayen Gulf.

25 Apr 1942 (position 17.01, 120.15)
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Toba Maru (6995 GRT, built ????) off north-western Luzon in position 17°01'N, 120°15'E.

3 May 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) evacuated 27 people from the beleaguered fortress Corregidor.

20 May 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 3th war patrol at Fremantle.

26 Jun 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) leaves Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

27 Jul 1942 (position 11.28, 110.52)
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese submarine depot ship Rio de Janeiro Maru (9626 GRT, built 1930, offsite link) about 95 nautical miles east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina in position 11°28'N, 110°52'E.

17 Aug 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

8 Sep 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Luzon.

11 Nov 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

2 Dec 1942
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) leaves Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the New Britain / New Ireland area before continuing to Pearl Harbor.

25 Jan 1943
USS Spearfish (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.


Submarine USS Cod (224)


22 Oct 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from base for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

16 Dec 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.

11 Jan 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

16 Feb 1944 (position 12.38, 117.33)
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea in position 12°38'N, 117°33'E.

23 Feb 1944 (position 4.23, 129.05)
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Ogura Maru No.3 (7358 GRT) off Halmahera in position 04°23'N, 129°05'E.

27 Feb 1944 (position -2.00, 127.40)
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Taisoku Maru (2473 GRT) west of Halmahera in position 02°00'S, 127°40'E.

13 Mar 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

6 Apr 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sulu and South China Sea.

10 May 1944 (position 15.38, 119.32)
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese torpedo boat Karukaya and the Japanese troop transport Shohei Maru (7255 GRT) in the South China Sea about 150 nautical miles north-west of Manila in position 15°38'N, 119°32'E.

1 Jun 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.


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