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USS Dixie (AD-1)
USS Dixie (Destroyer Tender) (1909 - 1920)
USS Dixie (Transport) (1899 - 1909)
USS Dixie (Auxiliary Cruiser) (1898 - 1899)

International Radio Call Sign, 1913:
Nan - Easy - Pup
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Spanish Campaign Medal - Cuban Pacification Medal
Bottom Row - Mexican Service Medal - Dominican Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base Clasp)

Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down as the screw steamer, SS El Rio in 1893 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News VA.
  • Purchased by the Navy from the Southern Pacific Co.. 15 April 1898
  • Converted at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock to an Auxiliary Cruiser
  • Commissioned USS Dixie, 19 April 1898, CDR. C. H. Davis in command
  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1899, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 15 November 1899, as a Transport
  • Decommissioned, 21 July 1902, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Recommissioned, 1 October 1903
  • Decommissioned, 23 October 1905, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 2 June 1906
  • Decommissioned, 1 November 1907
  • Recommissioned, 2 February 1909, as a Destroyer Tender
  • Designated (AD-1), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1922
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping 25 September 1922
    Displacement 6,114 t.
    Length 405'
    Beam 48' 3"
    Draft 19' 11"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 224
    ten 6" gun mounts (as Auxiliary Cruiser)
    ten 3" gun mounts (as tender)
    Propulsion coal fired boilers
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    Dixie 97k USS Dixie, circa mid-1898, soon after conversion to an auxiliary cruiser with a main battery of ten 6" guns, of which four were on deck and six in the hull. Near-sister USS Yosemite (lost in 1900), also converted at Newport News, had a similar main battery arrangement but had 5" guns.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-1. Photo # 19-N-16-29-8 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Dixie 88k Crewmen swabbing the forward spar deck of the Auxiliary Cruiser USS Dixie during the Spanish-American War, 1898. Ensign Peter T. Coyle is on the bridge, overlooking the scene. Note ship's bell at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 67447
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 73k Auxiliary Cruiser USS Dixie crewmen cleaning a 6-inch gun, during the Spanish-American War, 1898. View looks aft from near the bow, on the port side.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 67456
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 88k Auxiliary Cruiser USS Dixie, circa 1898, during Spanish-American War
    US Navy photo # NH 67435, from the collection of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dixie 115k USS Dixie in July 1901 as a training ship with light yardarms added to her pole foremast. She still carries a main battery of ten guns, although these now appear to be five-inchers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 54514, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 127k USS Dixie after more extensive alterations as a training ship, probably in 1902-1903. Her original pole masts have been shortened and fitted with tops, topmasts, and heavy yardarms. Her main battery has been rearranged and reduced to eight 5" guns, of which four were on deck and four in the hull.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 84, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 205k USS Dixie crew photo taken in 1905 prior to the ship departing in June for a scientific expedition to observe the total eclipse of the sun on 30 August 1905.
    US Navy photo from "Army and Navy Register", Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1334, July 8, 1905
    Ron Reeves
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #'s NH 54516
    126k USS Dixie after recommissioning as a tender to the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet in February 1909 and most likely several years later. Her armament is now ten 3" guns, all on deck, and long-wire radio antennas are barely visible suspended between the tops of the masts. She has also been fitted with enlarged hawse pipes for stockless anchors.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #'s NH 54516 and NH 85723, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #'s NH 85723
    Dixie 323k Postcard of USS Dixie moored in the Hudson River off Palisades, New York, 28 October 1911. Postcard was postmarked from USS Virginia (Battleship No. 13) on 24 November 1911. David Wright
    Dixie 163k Auxiliary Cruiser USS Dixie on the Hudson River, New York, N.Y. for the Naval Review, 14 October 1912.
    US Navy photo from the National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress) gift of Herbert A. French, 1947. glass negative, CALL NUMBER: LC-F82- 1831[P&P]
    Tom Kermen
    Dixie 51k USS Dixie at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1914." Robert Hurst
    118k USS Dixie at anchor, 29 August 1916, location unknown.
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Identifier (NAID) 55172690 from U.S. Army Pictorial Center,Office of the Chief Signal Officer.
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 116k USS Dixie serving as a destroyer tender at Queenstown, Ireland, in 1917-1918.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 54515, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 43k USS Dixie in the Azores while enroute to the US after completing her tour of duty during World War I at Queenstown, Ireland, circa January-February 1919. Note: She is flying a "Homeward Bound" pennant.
    © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Dixie 439k USS Dixie at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 7 April 1919. Jerry Miller Petty for his father Miller Ivan Petty, Blacksmith 1/c USS Dixie
    252k USS Dixie at anchor with destroyers alongside, date and location unknown.
    U.S. Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 844k USS Dixie moored at New York Navy Yard, 18 December 1919, Pier E. At the next pier, Pier F, are battleships USS Florida (BB-30) and USS Utah (BB-31).
    US National Archives Photo.
    Michael Mohl
    Dixie 2050k Honorable Discharge and Enlistment Record issued aboard USS Dixie to Miller Ivan Petty, Blacksmith 1/c, 15 May 1920. Jerry Miller Petty for his father Miller Ivan Petty, Blacksmith 1/c USS Dixie
    Dixie 1697k
    Dixie 103k USS Dixie (AD-1) in the Hudson River off New York City in May 1921.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 90101, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 73k Parker Cook served as Passed Assistant Paymaster with the rank of Lieutenant in USS Dixie during the Spanish American War. Bill Gonyo

    USS Dixie (AD-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    PCULCDR. Richman, Clayton Scott, USN (USNA 1870) 12 April 1898 - 19 April 1898
    01CDR. Davis II, Charles Henry, USN (USNA 1865)19 April 1898 - 7 March 1899
     Decommissioned7 March 1899 - 15 November 1899
    02LCDR. Roper, Jesse Mims, USN (USNA 1871)15 November 1899 - 4 December 1899
    03CDR. Belknap, Charles4 December 1899 - 18 August 1900
    04LCDR. Wilner, Frank Adams, USN (USNA 1873)18 August 1900 - 17 July 1901
    05CAPT. Berry, Robert Mallory, USN (USNA 1866)17 July 1901 - 21 July 1902
     Decommissioned,21 July 1902 - 1 October 1903
    06CAPT. Delano, Francis Henry, USN (USNA 1867) :RADM1 October 1903 - 4 November 1903
    07CDR. Merriam, Greenlief Augustus, USN (USNA 1870)4 November 1903 - 23 October 1905
     Decommissioned,23 October 1905 - 2 June 1906
    08LCDR. Homles, Urban Tigner, USN (USNA 1890)2 June 1906 - 20 November 1906
    09CDR. Wood, Moses Lindley USN (USNA 1875) :COMO20 November 1906 - 1 November 1907
     Decommissioned1 November 1905 - 2 February 1909
    CaretakerCDR. Dunn, Herbert Omar, USN (USNA 1877) November 1905 - 15 June 1908
    CaretakerLT. Foley, Paul, USN (USNA 1900)15 June 1908 - 2 February 1909
    10LT. Foley, Paul, USN (USNA 1900)2 February 1909 - 8 July 1911
    11CDR. Robison, John Keeler, USN (USNA 1891)8 July 1911 - 16 June 1913
    12CDR. Cone, Hutch Ingham, USN (USNA 1893)16 June 1913 - 11 July 1913
    13CDR. Todd, David Wooster, USN (USNA 1895)11 July 1913 - 15 June 1916
    14CDR. Pringle, Joel Roberts Poinsett, USN (USNA 1894) :RADM15 June 1916 - 19 June 1917
    15CDR. Price, Henry Bertrand, USN (USNA 1893)19 June 1917 - 2 November 1918
    16CDR. Buchanan, Allen, USN (USNA 1899)2 November 1918 - 4 January 1919
    17CDR. Conn Jr., William Tipton, USN (USNA 1902)4 January 1919 - 22 November 1920
    18CDR. Tomb, William Victor, USN (USNA 1900)22 November 1920 - 30 June 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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