Richard Dale, born 6 November 1756 in Norfolk, Va., was appointed a midshipman in the Continental Navy in 1776. Captured by the enemy in 1777 while serving in the Continental brig Lexington, he was imprisoned in Mill Prison, England, but escaped to France to join John Paul Jones. He was First Lieutenant in Bonhomme Richard when she captured Serapis in the celebrated engagement of 23 September 1779. During 1781 and 1782 he commanded Queen of France and made several captures. Commissioned a Captain in the United States Navy 4 June 1794, he commanded Ganges during the Quasi-War with France, 1798-1801, then commanded the Mediterranean Squadron in the operations against Tripoli in 1801. He resigned from the Navy 17 December 1802, and died at Philadelphia 26 February 1826.
(DLG-19: dp. 7,500; l. 533'; b.53'; dr. 24'6"; s.34 k.; cpl. 396; a. 2 twin Terrier launchers, 4 3"x.50 AA, 1 ASROC-8, 2 triple torpedo launchers (Mk32) cl. Leahy)
The fifth Dale (DLG-19) was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corporation 6 September 1960; launched 28 July 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Daniel J. Flood, wife of Congressman Flood, Pennsylvania, llth District; and commissioned 23 November at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Captain Robert R. Crutchfield USN, commanding.