From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dewey Johnston '34

Date of birth: January 20, 1910

Date of death: October 31, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


Dewey was lost when USS Reuben James (DD 245) sunk by a torpedo attack from German submarine U-552 near Iceland on October 31, 1941. He was survived by his parents, Albert and Mary.


From Find A Grave:

11/1/1941- The Daily Oklahoman

Lieut. Dewey G. Johnston, 31 year old son of Mr & Mrs Albert Johnston, Amber, Grady County, who was listed among the officers of the torpedoed destroyer Reuben James, still missing Friday night, had been on the Reuben James more than 3 years, his mother said. He had been in Iceland in September and October. The last letter the Johnstons received, however, was postmarked Portland, Maine. Johnston, listed by the navy department as one of the seven officers on the ship, was a native of Newcastle.

He attended high school in Amber and was appointed to the naval academy in Annapolis in 1929, being graduated in 1934. Before his service on the Reuben James, he had been assigned to the cruiser Chicago and the battleship Arkansas. He also attended the U.S. Naval finance and supply school in Philadelphia before joining the staff of the destroyer.

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James M. Belden '36, John J. Daub, Jr. '36, Heywood L. Edwards '26, Benjamin Ghetzler '31, and Craig Spowers '41 were also lost when the Reuben James sunk.

Class of 1934

Dewey is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.