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USS DALLAS / USS ALEXANDER DALLAS (DD-199)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NENM

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on November 25 1918.
Launched May 31 1919 and commissioned October 29 1920.
Decommissioned June 26 1922, Recommissioned April 14 1925.
Decommissioned March 25 1939, Recommissioned September 25 1939.
Renamed Alexander Dallas, March 31 1945.
Decommissioned July 28 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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-Alexander J. Dallas, born 15 May 1791 in Philadelphia, Pa., entered the Navy as a midshipman 22 November 1805. He served with distinction in the War of 1812, the operations against Algiers in 1815, and in the suppression of piracy in the West Indies. He established and commanded the Pensacola Navy Yard from 1832 to 1843. On 16 July 1835 he was ordered to additional duty in command of the West India Squadron and supported General Scott during the war with the Seminole Indians in Florida, rendering such efficient service that the Government gratefully named a fort for him on the eastern coast of Florida. Commanding the Pacific Squadron, Captain Dallas died at Callao, Peru, 3 June 1844 in the sloop Vandalia. DD-199 was named in his honor.Robert M. Cieri
Dallas 53kArtist's conception of the Dallas as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Dallas 104kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Dallas 64kPhoto #: NH 52463, USS Dallas (DD-199) photographed during the Presidential Naval Review, 4 June 1927. USS Barry (DD-248) is in the left distance. Ship at right is an Omaha class light cruiser. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Dallas 79kCropped version of above photo.-
Dallas 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Dallas 70kCirca late 1930s.Marc Piché
Dallas 48kShown arriving in Northern Ireland in early 1942.-
Dallas 79kShown arriving in Northern Ireland in early 1942. Larger version of the above photo.-
Dallas 29kThe Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to the U.S.S. Dallas for their "brilliant accomplishments during the assault on, and occupation of, French Morocco in November, 1942." The citation awarded to the United States Ship Dallas, reads as follows: "For outstanding participation in the capture of Port Lyautey Airfield, French Morocco, November 10, 1942. With U.S. Army Raider detachment embarked, The Dallas, crossing a treacherous bar against heavy surf in order to reach the mouth of the Sebou River, broke through a steel cable boom obstructing the channel, forced her course ten miles upstream under hostile fire, and successfully landed troops without material damage or loss of life. Her distinctive fulfillment of a difficult and hazardous mission contributed materially to the victorious achievement of the Northern Attack Group." Commander Boyd, then Lieutenant (j.g.), earned the Silver Star for his performance during this campaign in the invasion of North Africa. His Silver Star citation reads as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Gunnery Officer of the U.S.S Dallas during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from November 8-11, 1942. Displaying remarkable courage under heavy hostile fire, during the perilous journey of the Dallas up the shallow Sebou River to the Port Lyautey airfield, then Lieutenant (junior grade) Boyd played a large part in providing protective gunfire for our Army raider troops and controlled and directed the fire of the ship so efficiently that hostile shore batteries were silenced before they were able to inflict any damage on the Dallas." Photo and information from the Arlington National Cemetery websiteBill Gonyo
Dallas 81kUSS Dallas (DD-199) undergoes some modifications to her bridge area in 1943.Gerd Matthes

USS DALLAS DD 199 (ALEXANDER DALLAS) History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Ellis Hayes Roach    Oct 29 1920 - Nov 10 1920
LT Alexander Rieman Early Jr.    Nov 10 1920 - ? (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Jun 26 1922 - Apr 14 1925)
CDR Carl Townsend Osburn    Apr 14 1925 - Jun 2 1927
CDR Henry George Cooper Jr.    Jun 2 1927 - Aug 24 1929
LCDR Eric Fred Zemke    Aug 24 1929 - May 1932
CDR Terry Brewster Thompson    May 1932 - Jun 1933
LCDR Cornelius William Flynn    Jun 1933 - Jun 1935
LCDR Albert Gallatin Noble    Jun 1935 - Jul 1936 (Later ADM)
LCDR James Monroe Connally    Jul 1936 - 1938
LCDR Harry Keeler Jr.    1938 - Mar 25 1939
(Decommissioned Mar 25 1939 - Sep 25 1939)
LCDR John James Laffan    Sep 25 1939 - 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harman Brown Bell Jr.    1940 - 1941
LCDR Benjamin J. Katz    1941 - May 2 1942 (Later RADM)
LT John Norwood Ferguson Jr.    May 2 1942 - May 14 1942 (Acting)
CDR Robert A. (Steve) Brodie Jr.    May 14 1942 - Dec 11 1942 (Later RADM)
CDR Anthony Carroll Roessler    Dec 11 1942 - Feb 6 1944
LCDR John Warren Coolidge    Feb 6 1944 - May 15 1944
LT Newton Charles Smith    May 15 1944 - Jul 28 1945

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