From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


Richard John Dempsey, born 8 February 1919 in New York City, N.Y., was commissioned ensign 14 November 1940. Lieutenant (junior grade) Dempsey was killed in the Battle of Savo Island 9 August 1942 when his ship Vincennes (CA-44) was sunk.

Dempsey (DE-267) was launched 22 April 1943 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, mother of the late Lieutenant (junior grade) Dempsey, USNR; transferred to Great Britain under Lend-Lease 23 August 1943 and renamed Cooke; returned to the United States and sold 3 June 1947.


Transcribed by Yves HUBERT