Torpedo Timing Stopwatch of Double-Navy crosss & silver star winner (3/58)
Lot 99
A WWII torpedo timing stopwatch, Commander James C. Dempsey
circa 1942
Sold for US$ 1,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A WWII torpedo timing stopwatch, Commander James C. Dempsey
Elgin Watch Company, circa 1942
signed "Elgin Timer" on the face, white enamel dial with black Arabic numerals, minute subsidiary dial, in plain hinged nickel case, engraved on the back:
"USS Spearfish" "LT. J.C. Dempsey" "5-42", with original lanyard. In its original issue box marked: "Norfolk Naval Shipyard - Shop 35".

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    This stopwatch was owned by submarine Commander and "Ace" James Charles Dempsey, USN (a double-Navy Cross & Silver Star Winner) was the first submarine captain to sink a Japanese destroyer in WWII – Date "5-42" on back of watch commemorates his second award of the Navy Cross for heroic actions on the 3rd War Patrol of the U.S.S. Spearfish in May 1942 on which he rescued 27 high-ranking Army, Navy Officers and Army Nurses from the besieged fortress on Corregidor in the Philippines and delivered them to Fremantle, Australia.
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