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USS Dixie (AD-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 Iran/Indian Ocean) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5)
Fifth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Vietnam) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Typhoon Pamela) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Sixth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down as the lead ship of the Dixie Class Destroyer Tenders, 17 March 1938, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 27 May 1939
  • Commissioned USS Dixie (AD-14), 25 April 1940, LCDR. G. H. Bahm in command
  • During World War II USS Dixie (AD-14) was assigned to both the American Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Dixie (AD-14) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 to 20 September 194521 September to 10 December 1945
    29 May to 21 June 194923 March to 14 September 1947
     8 March to 25 May 1949
     26 June to 1 July 1949
     13 August to 11 September 1949

  • USS Dixie (AD-14) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Group 8 (flagship - Captain G.H. Lyttle, USN in command) - Task Unit 1.8.1 - Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • During the Korean War USS Dixie participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates 1951-52 Campaigns and Dates 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    30 January to 3 February 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    11 to 13 April 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    25 to 27 February 1952
    24 to 27 March 1952
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    30 to 31 May 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    2 to 5 May 1952
    25 to 26 June 1952
    7 to 8 July 1952
    20 to 23 March 1953

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 15 June 1982
  • USS Dixie earned five battle stars for Korean War service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 14 October 1982
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 March 1983, to Kurz Marine Inc. under Ship Exchange Contract MA-11223 dated 17 February 1983. Resold to C.W. Enterprises & Investment Inc. for scrapping under contract MA-11224 dated 17 February 1983. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 29 March 1983
    Displacement 18,000 t. (lim)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 19.6 kts. (trial)
    officer 56
    enlisted 1,206
    four 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Largest boom capacity 20 t.
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 24,555 Bbls.
    Diesel 2,705 Bbls.
    two New York Shipbuilding Parsons-design steam turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox "A" (three drum expansion type) boilers 403psi 720°.
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gear
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A. C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Tommy Trampp
    Dixie 90k USS Dixie (AD-14) on her trials at 9kts on the range off Rockland, Maine, 27 March 1940. Gun mounts 52 and 53 lack shields or any other protection.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-21787, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 97k Broadside view of USS Dixie (AD-14) near the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 20 May 1940.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 34k USS Dixie (AD-14), with USS Long (DD-209) alongside, circa 1940. Of special note are the gun mounts on Long, she was one of only two "flush deckers" to be armed with twin 4" weapons.
    US Navy photo # NH 89401 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Dixie 414k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor, circa 1945-1946, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Dixie 78k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor circa 1942 in Measure 22 camouflage. All four 5"/38 gun mounts have had splinter protection tubs added around them. The splinter protection tubs around gun mounts 51 and 54 were removed circa 1943 but retained around the open mounts.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-21759, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 109k USS Dixie (AD-14) with USS Harmon (DE-678) and another Destroyer Escort in-board of Harmon, at Hawthorne Sound, New Georgia, May 1944. Note Dixie is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3Ax.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-238416, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dixie 205k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor in Leyte, circa April-May 1945.
    Note the ship's jack is at half staff, dating the photo to the period of mourning for the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 12 April 1945.. Dixie is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design. US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dixie 233k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor with a nest of destroyers alongside at Leyte, circa April-May 1945. The destroyers are from left to right:
    USS Compton (DD-705),
    USS Ault (DD-698),
    USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697),
    USS English (DD-696)
    USS John W. Weeks (DD-701), and
    USS Borie (DD-704).
    Note Dixie is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design. US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dixie 90k USS Dixie (AD-14) taking wound/injured sailor aboard, date and location unknown.
    wire photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Dixie 386k USS Dixie (AD-14) moored pierside at Tsingtao, China, in August 1947 with USS Duncan (DD-874) alongside.. Steve Franklin
    Dixie 237k
    Dixie 145k USS Dixie (AD-14) BMC Reid supervising Second Division sailors as they use the starboard crane to hoist a destroyer propeller on board at Sasebo, Japan, circa July to September 1950.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1950
    Photo supplied by Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. Caption information supplied by Dick Marlin BMSN USS Dixie 1948-1951, Second Div.
    Dixie 76k USS Dixie (AD-14) at Sasebo, Japan with
    USS John A. Bole (DD 755),
    USS Buck (DD 761),
    USS John W. Thomason (DD 760), and
    USS Lofberg (DD 759) moored to port, circa 1953.
    Wayne Schafer
    455k USS Dixie (AD-14) in her mooring at San Diego, CA., in March 1957, with the following destroyer escorts alongside (l-r):
    USS Naifeh (DE-352), and the Peruvian ships:
    BAP Rodriguez (D-3), Ex-USS Weaver (DE-741);
    BAP Aguirre (D-2), Ex- USS Waterman (DE-740); and
    BAP Castilla (D-1), Ex- USS Bangust (DE-739).
    Naifeh moored alongside Dixie on 23 March and was joined by the Peruvian escorts on 25 March. The Peruvian units departed from Dixie on 29 March, followed by Naifeh on Saturday, 30 March.
    U.S. National Archives Photos 80-G-1013561 and 80-G-1013561 now in the collections of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command..
    rowspan="2"Robert Hurst
    Dixie 89k USS Dixie (AD-14) at San Diego, CA. with Destroyer Squadron Eleven alongside. Identifiable ships present and moored on Dixie's port side include;
    USS Wiltsie (DD-716),
    USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and
    USS Chevalier (DD-805).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    163k USS Dixie (AD-14) inbound from sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, CA., date unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    38k USS Dixie (AD-14) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    U.S. Navy photo from DANFS
    Tommy Trampp
    Dixie 104k USS Dixie (AD-14) departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard after overhaul, 15 June 1961. She was steaming back to her homeport at San Diego. Note gun mount 52 still lacks a shield and retains its wartime protective tub. The after 5"/38 mounts have been removed and replaced by helicopter facilities.
    US Navy photo # USN 1056334, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 102k USS Dixie (AD-14) at San Diego, CA. with a nest of six destroyers moored port side to. Ships present (inboard to outboard):
    USS Gregory (DD-802),
    USS Stoddard (DD-566),
    USS Isherwood (DD-520),
    USS Mullany (DD-528),
    USS Hanson (DD-832)
    USS Taussig (DD-746).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine March 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Dixie 41k USS Dixie (AD-14) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown. Louis Drinovsky
    Dixie 53k USS Dixie (AD-14) underway off Point Loma while exiting San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Dixie 85k USS Dixie (AD-14) at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 28 February 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Dixie 92k USS Dixie (AD-14) at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 28 February 1966. USS Finch (DER-328) alongside, inboard, to port, with USS Stickell (DD-888) outboard, port side. © Richard Leonhardt
    Dixie 56k USS Dixie (AD-14) at Subic Bay with two destroyers and a yard oiler alongside, date unknown. Photo by Larry Backus USS Bausell
    Dixie 105k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor, circa 1966, with USS Cook (APD-130) alongside, location unknown, courtesy Cruisebook Store. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Dixie 357k USS Dixie (AD-14) at anchor location unknown in WestPac, circa Fall 1968 with destroyers
    USS Bausell (DD-845),
    USS Taylor (DD-468) and
    USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) alongside.
    Mike Smolinski
    Dixie 84k USS Dixie (AD-14) with a nest of six destroyers moored starboard side to, date and location unknown. Ships present (inboard to outboard):
    USS Uhlmann (DD-687),
    USS Walker (DD-517),
    USS Taylor (DD-468),
    USS Boyd (DD-544),
    USS Bausell (DD-845)
    USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Dixie 48k USS Dixie (AD-14) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Dixie 258k USS Dixie (AD-14) under way, date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Dixie 125k USS Dixie (AD-14) under way off the southern California coast, 1 April 1976.
    US Navy photo # USN 1167091.
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 350k USS Dixie (AD-14) under way off the southern California coast, 1 April 1976.
    US Navy photos.
    Mike Smolinski and
    Fred Weiss
    Dixie 66k
    Dixie 69k
    Dixie 83k USS Dixie (AD-14) transiting the Panama Canal David McCormick
    Dixie 78k USS Dixie (AD-14) moored to a buoy at Diego Garcia, in 1980 with USS Cook (FF-1083) to starboard and probably USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) to port. Dixie's crew was changing out one of Cook's screws. A job really done by a tender while deployed.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Gordon Bennett HTC (SW) USN Ret.
    Dixie 123k USS Dixie (AD-14) underway during her WestPac deployment, circa 1980, location unknown Tommy Trampp
    603k USS Dixie (AD-14) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Dixie 328k USS Dixie (AD-14) at San Diego returning from a WESTPAC cruise. 12 June 1980.
    US Navy photo # K128615 by PH2 Felimon Barbante.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Dixie 124k USS Dixie (AD-14) under way, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp
    74k USS Dixie (AD-14) anchored at Diego Garcia, circa 1981, with with the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG-1) and two submarines alongside, circa 1981.
    US Navy photo from the USS Dixie (AD-14) 1981-1982 cruisebook
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 88k USS Dixie (AD-14) docked at Sydney, Australia, circa January 1982. The guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (D 39) is aft of Dixie.
    US Navy photo from the USS Dixie (AD-14) 1981-1982 cruisebook
    Robert Hurst
    Dixie 100k USS Dixie (AD-14) plaque Tommy Trampp

    For more photos and information about USS Dixie, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bahm, George Henry, USN (USNA 1921-A) :RADM25 April 1940 - 13 May 1940
    02CAPT. Moyer, John Gould, USN (USNA-1914) :RADM13 May 1940 - 1 April 1942
    03CAPT. Bahm, George Henry, USN (USNA 1921-A) :RADM1 April 1942 - 15 April 1942
    04CAPT. McCown, Henry Young, USN (USNA 1918)15 April 1942 - 17 July 1942
    05CAPT. Bahm, George Henry, USN (USNA 1921-A) :RADM17 July 1942 - 28 March 1943
    06CAPT. Hilenkoetter, Rosco Henry, USN (USNA 1919) :VADM28 March 1943 - 1 February 1944
    07CAPT. Lyttle, George Hetherington, USN (USNA 1921-A)1 February 1944 - 25 June 1945
    08CAPT. Hutson, Albert Lockett, USN (USNA 1918)25 June 1945 - 15 May 1946
    09CAPT. Goodnough, John Clark, USN (USNA 1923)15 May 1946 - 24 June 1947
    10CAPT. Jensen, Clyde Marcus, USN (USNA 1925)24 June 1947 - 9 July 1948
    11CAPT. Carrington, James Herbert, USN (USNA 1925) :RADM9 July 1948 - 4 June 1949
    12CAPT. Fuqua, Samuel Glenn, USN (USNA 1923 :RADM4 June 1949 - 1 July 1950
    13CAPT. Cabanillas, Jose Manuel, USN (USNA 1924) :RADM1 July 1950 - 28 September 1950
    14CAPT. Hamley, Joseph Ronald, USN (USNA 1927)28 September 1950 - 29 September 1951
    15CAPT. Ehle, Arthur Kendrick, USN (USNA 1927)29 September 1951 - 18 August 1952
    16CAPT. Sanders, Jr., William Henry, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM18 August 1952 - 16 July 1953
    17CAPT. Eves, Edward Thomas, USN (USNA 1928) :RADM16 July 1953 - 10 June 1954
    18CAPT. Harmon, William Lockhart, USN (USNA 1930)10 June 1954 - 22 October 1955
    19CAPT. Straub, Charles Teddy, USN (USNA 1931)22 October 1955 - 6 September 1956
    20CAPT. Dennet, Mark Edwin, USN 6 September 1956 - 15 April 1958
    21CAPT. Lowther, Robert Dickson, USN15 April 1958 - 9 October 1959
    22CAPT. Bland, III, John Thomas, USN (USNA 1938)9 October 1959 - 17 October 1960
    23CAPT. Rogers, William Kittridge, USN (USNA 1938)17 October 1960 - 12 August 1961
    24CAPT. Smith Jr., Bryan Hooker, USN 12 August 1961 - 8 July 1962
    25CAPT. Fisher, Neil Hartman, USN (USNA 1940)8 July 1962 - 8 June 1963
    26CAPT. Parris, Arthur, USN8 June 1963 - 27 June 1964
    27CAPT. Sumrall, Elton Levi, USN27 June 1964 - 1 October 1965
    28CAPT. Coleman, William John, USN1 October 1965 - 4 November 1966
    29CAPT. Wilder, Lawrence Arthur, USN (USNA 1945)4 November 1966 - 21 June 1968
    30CAPT. Renn, John Edward, USN (USNA 1946)21 June 1968 - 12 September 1969
    31CAPT. Dallmann, Paul Hermann, USN12 September 1969 - 3 September 1971
    32CAPT. Evans, Jack Edward, USN3 September 1971 - 8 August 1973
    33CAPT. Maxwell, Daryl Orville, USN8 August 1973 - 23 July 1975
    34CAPT. Fenn, Dan Edward, USN23 July 1975 - 24 January 1978
    35CAPT. Roth, Charles Warren, USN24 January 1978 - 1 September 1979
    36CAPT. Ward, Compton Eugene, USN (USNA 1936)1 September 1979 - 14 July 1980
    37CAPT. Kelly Jr., James Francis, USN14 July 1980 - 7 August 1980
    38CAPT. Coffey, Roger Lee, USN (USNA 1955) 7 August 1980 - 15 June 1982
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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