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USS Dewey CDDG-455 was built by Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. The keel was laid on August
10, 1957, and she was christened November 30, 1958. USS Dewey was commissioned as guided missle
destroyer ,leader fourteen CDLG-141 on December 7, 1959, the 18th anniversary of the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor. During the next ten years, USS Dewey served as a unit of the second, sixth and the
seventh fleets, visiting Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Asiatic areas. She
took part in the 'Cuban quarantine and the Vietnam conflict. In addition to the National Defense Medal,
USS Dewey displays a Vietnam Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service
during-the same period. In October, 1969, USS Dewey was decommissioned to undergo extensive anti-air
warfare modernizationin the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After being recommissioned in March, 1971,
USS Dewey underwent an extensive five month program to test the sophisticated new equipment. In
addition to patrolling the Atlantic, the ship returned to Vietnam for several months of service with the
Seventh Fleet. In the fall of 1973, she served with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. The following
year she joined various units of the other NATO countries for training in Northern European waters.
After routine operations in the Atlantic, she entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard in the spring of 1975
for a complete overhaul, lasting untill 1976. Early in USS Deweyts history, all destroyer leaders were
redesignated "frigates", More recently, as part of a major program to improve the Navy's system of ship
classification, guided missle frigates in USS Dewey's class were redesignated guided missle destroyers.
Therefore, on July 1, 1975, USS Deweyis hullanumber changed from DLG-14 to DDG-45.
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Commander Michael Peter Kalleres was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1939. A graduate of Purdue University class of 1962,
Commander Kalleres also completed the U. S. Naval War College and staff course in 1971 as a distinguished graduate.
While at the War College, he also attended George Washington University Extension and was awarded a masters degree
in Public and International Affairs. Commander Kalleres' previous sea billets include Executive Ollicer of the USS Preble
CDLG-151, Weapons Ollicer of the USS Semmes CDDG-185 C1965-19681 and the CIC Officer of the USS Laifey CDD-724D
C1962-641. From 1973-1976, he served as Fleet Retention Oliicer and Human Resource Management Coordinator for
CINPACFLT and from 1969-1970 he served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as an Assignment Officer for Surface Line
Cflicers and as Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for surface and submarine captain assignments.
Commander Kalleres wears a' Secretary of the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and the Navy Achievement
Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the
National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Commander Kalleres is married to the fonner Georgine Maria Karras of Melrose Park, Illinois. They have one daughter
and one son.
MICHAEL P. KALLERES
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