Murphy, George Dewey, GM2c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1946, GM-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
Service Years
1942 - 1947
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Ditch
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Ward, AL
Last Address
Monroe, LA

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 1996
Location of Interment
Houston National Cemetery - Houston, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
G2 0 2944

 Official Badges 

Gun Captain (pre-1969) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 100
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Helena (CL-50)
  1942-1942, GM-0000, USS Benham (DD-397)
  1942-1943, GM-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
  1943-1944, GM-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
  1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Pamanset (AO-85)
  1945-1946, GM-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 14, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Sep 01, 1944, Promoted to GM3
  Nov 01, 1945, Promoted to GM2
  Nov 30, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Dewey was a salesman for most of his life, living in Houston, Texas. He also managed an apartment complex for several years in Monroe, Louisianna.
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Service number: 6442731

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces afloat in the
Solomon Islands - New Georgia Areas. Gallantly carrying the fight to the enemy, the USS HELENA opened the night Battle of Cape Esperance on 11-12 October 1942 boldly sending her fire into the force of enemy warships, sinking a hostile destroyer and holding to a minimum the damage to our destroyers in the rear of the Task Force. She engaged at close quarters a superior force of hostile combatant ships in the Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of 12-13 November 1942, rallying our own forces after the Flag Ship had been disabled and contributing to the enemy's defeat. In her final engagement in the pre-dawn battle of 5-6 July 1943, the HELENA valiantly sailed down the restricted and submarine-infested waters of Kula Gulf under the terrific torpedo and gun fire of the enemy to bombard Kolombangara and New Georgia while covering the landing of our troops at Rice Anchorage, and twenty-four hours later, her blazing guns aided in the destruction of a vastly superior enemy naval force before she was fatally struck by Japanese torpedos. Her brave record of combat achievement is evidence of the HELENA'S intrepidity and the heroic fighting spirit of her officers and men.
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