He was the finest man I have had the privilege to serve under. He was Ship's Secretary,
in the Captain's Office when I met him in late October, 1962, and then, a Yeoman Master Chief Petty Officer. I
served alongside him for two years, and he taught me how to wear my 'Sea Legs', and he taught me well.
YNCM Dewey L. Alexander, USNR
Sometime in January, after returning to CONUS, from WestPac, Chief Alexander
received orders to Limited Duty Officer (LDO) school, and was detached from Hancock. I never saw him again, but
fate had it otherwise, I was to HEAR about him later, after being separated from Active Duty myself.
Sometime in 1967, when visiting my uncle who served in Oriskany, I was paging
through his Cruise Book '66, and just casually was looking over the IN MEMORIAM pages, when I saw the name
of my Chief at the top of the casualty list! He was then LTJG Dewey L. Alexander, having been commissioned O2 after
graduating form LDO School.
You have no idea how this news hit me at the time, I was totally in shock.
I still am saddened to think of him losing his life that way, but he was a true blue Navy man to the core. Knowing
him as I did, no one could dispute my thoughts about him.
During your stay here at Jake's 'Yankee Station' - USS Hancock Memorial, please be
mindful of this good Sailor, and his sacrifice, and know that this is the reason why I put this
Website up, and will try my best to continue keeping it up till I, myself, go to meet him once again on the
LTJG Alexander gave his life because he loved the Navy and
his fellow shipmates. On October 26, 1966, while in Oriskany (CVA-34), he was killed while fighting to save his
ship and those he served with from the terrible explosions and fire that swept through the ship that day.
He was a true Sailor, and one I will never forget. His face
and his passion for duty made an everlasting impression on my mind, that I will carry with me to the end of my
On February 24, 2008, I received an Email sent to this Website
from his daughter Karen Lee Alexander - I had been hoping for many years to have a member of his family come forward
and let me know their thoughts about this Website and the Dedication I made in LTJGf Dewey Alexander's honor. You
can only imagine my reaction to hearing from Karen. Her words are below:
Name: Karen Lee Alexander, Daughter of Dewey Lee Alexander
24 February 2008
"Dear Jake, My daughter Renee found your website a few years ago; I myself do not use a computer without assistance,
hence my delay in correspondence. Speaking for my family, I wish to Thank-you deeply for the tribute that you have
created for my Father. We were deeply moved by it, and proud to see your testimony. Although we have not been to
the Wall yet; we have been to the traveling Wall twice. We also each have a copy of the book "FIRE On The Hangar Deck, Ordeal of the Oriskany".
In the course of life, I have met many Men who have served
on the Oriskany; but never met anyone who knew my Dad.
Once again, I Thank you with all my heart and Bless you."
Karen Lee Alexander
USS ORISKANY bids Farewell to their Fallen Shipmates
Those killed in the Fire aboard ORISKANY are being placed
on planes for departure to Hawaii, for further transfer
to their homes and loved ones. This was a very sad moment.
LTJG Alexander, I want you to know that this Memorial is dedicated to you, and
to your memory! May you always have Fair Winds and Following Seas!
I hope that this Tribute hits home to all my visitors.. Thanks
so much for remembering our Nation's Veterans. It is so important that our youth remember how their Freedoms were
won, and never take them for granted. It is so important that we be mindful of this everyday. This is my final
statement in this Tribute, as I wish that it impresses my visitors so that it never is forgotten...
"This Web Site is dedicated to the memory
of those who gave their lives to preserve the ideals that we all hold so dear. Freedom is not Free. If we fail
to protect and preserve it, we could lose it."
"For those who fought for it...
freedom has a flavor the protected will never know!"
Jake Jaccard, YN3, USNR (Ret),
Web Yeoman, USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial
Dewey Alexander with wife Marian
Photo taken at an Officer's Ball
LTJG Dewey Alexander with oldest son Steven - 1964
Dewey Alexander's five children
L-R Jennifer, Robert, Steve, Karen and Eric
These are Dewey's children who came to Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San
Diego, California to pay him their respects back in 1967. The Flag there next to his head stone reminds us of his
sacrifice. It is a symbol of his dedication to our Country and his patriotism, wherein he gave his life to preserve
those cherished freedoms, we all have come to enjoy, and often take for granted. Gazing at this peaceful setting,
upon all those graves here, including LTJG ALEXANDER's, one remembers the great price many have paid so we can
have the right to live Free in a Free country!
The Above Head Stone reads as follows...
DEWEY LEE ALEXANDER
WORLD WAR II
JANUARY 23, 1927
OCTOBER 26, 1966
the belief that a heart, filled with love, knows no separation from those who live on in memory, these words, spoken
by the Lord Jesus Christ, are inscribed here:
"This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved
you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends..." ~ John
We love you Dewey, we miss you, and always will. This single rose is a symbol of one's lasting Devotion, and I
place it here, to show how much you are loved and truly missed by myself, and by those who knew and loved you.
This Devotion can never end, as long as there are Roses to give one another, and loved ones
to give them to. This Rose is laid here at this memorial to call Remembrance to the lives lost, but never forgotten;
it signifies the Love and Devotion and National Gratitude for the Sacrifices which all the names on this Wall have
made so that we Americans can live, sleep, work and play within Free and Safe Borders.
~ Jake ~
a Votive Candle for LTJG Dewey Lee Alexander
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Featured Comments by a visitor
to this Page
Thanks Jake for sharing this story. I didn't know your Hancock Website was
dedicated to LTJG Dewey Alexander. This story has touched me deeply; it's brought tears to my old eyes and a little
pain in my heart as it should.
LTJG Dewey Alexander was MY shipmate. Do I remember him? No. did I ever see him on the Hancock? Can't really say
for sure, but his face looks familiar.
I was wayyyyyy below decks and he was wayyyyyy above. I like to think I saw him maybe on the quarterdeck, or passed
him in a passageway.
I was on the Hancock from 62-66 so in those years our paths must have surely crossed, but above all else we were
shipmates. We steamed the same seas, ate the same food and trained men and prepared Hanna for what was to come.
My heart goes out to LTJG Dewey Alexander's family. I too, lost my dad when I was only 5, so I know what they have
been going through all these years. LTJG Dewey Alexander is a true patriot. He loved what he was doing; he was
serving and protecting his country and his family and I know he was doing his duty the day he perished. So the
next time the traveling wall gets close to where I live I'll do as I always do - take my grandkids to see it. We
will etch the names we etch, only this time I'll tell them of the story of one of my shipmates and we will etch
the name of LTJG Dewey Alexander on paper and they will ask me as they always do, why are you crying grandpa, and
I'll answer as I always do, the tears of remembrance, mixed with a little pain and a little joy.
Jake thank you for sharing this Page! I'm very touched and very moved by this. I didn't complete the '66 Vietnam
cruise; I left Hanna in April. I was wondering if Hanna was with the Oriskany or was relieved by her?
Oh one last thing: I also lost my dad in a fire.
USS Hancock CVA-19,
M Division 1962-1966
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in the Dedication Log
LTJG Dewey L. Alexander's name is etched in the Black Granite on
the WALL in Washington DC..
Rubbing at the Wall
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The Wall - Database Loss Data
Wall Database Information supplied by The Vietnam Casualty Search Page
--- General / Personal ---
DEWEY LEE ALEXANDER
Navy - LTJG - O2
Date of Birth Jan 23, 1927
From: HOUSTON, TX
Marital Status: Married
LTJG - O2 - Navy - Reserve
Length of service 22 years
Casualty was on Oct 26, 1966
In TONKIN GULF - NORTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, SEA CASUALTY
Body was recovered
Panel 11E - Line 106
Oriskany (CVA-34) Casualty Roster
Gone, but not Forgotten
Alexander is remembered in a Vigil at The Wall-USA Tribute Site
Dewey Alexander is also remembered
in our Taps Section
Jake wrote about Master
Chief Alexander in his story about 'Privacy in the Navy'
This Memorial is Placed here for all who go
down to the sea in ships, and don't return.
During my tour of duty aboard Hancock, I was made sadly aware
of fellow shipmates who lost their lives during the performance of duty. Such men
as those brave Pilots and Flight deck hands who lost their lives due to misadventure. Nowhere in our cruise
book was it made mention of these lives lost to us; therefore, I wish to here remember these men who gave their
lives, and who go forever unknown to most of us, but are not forgotten by their loved ones, who grieve for them,
nor by our God who gave them life!
Diane Mimnaugh Dye lost her brother David Mimnaugh while serving aboard the Hancock in 1974. She
wrote a poem that remembers such casualties of peacetime or in freak accidents while in the course of doing their
- Diane Dye in memory of her brother David Mimnaugh,
SN, USN - OI Division, 1974
We defended our country with great pride.
We stood tall, even in danger, side by side.
We are the men, in service, who have died.
We gave our lives so that you may survive.
We were the fathers, the brothers and the sons.
We stood united, a brotherhood, joined as one.
Remember those, who in death, before you have gone
Serving this great nation, keeping it free and strong.
We died serving our country, but not all in war.
We gave our lives, would you expect any more?
Remember us who unheralded, have moved on.
Promise to keep the brotherhood united and strong.
by Diane Dye in memory of
David Mimnaugh, SN, USN - OI Division, 1974
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Submitted 12 January 2006
9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (Aug
5, 1964 - May 7, 1975) and 2,594,000 served in the country of Vietnam and where more than 58,202 never returned
home. Dewey was one of
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