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U.S.S. DIXIE

(AD-14)

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The USS DIXIE (AD-14), a Dixie class destroyer tender, was commissioned on 25 APR 1940. USS DIXIE served her country for 42 years, 1 month and 21 days, until decommissioned on 15 JUN 1982. In the ship yard undergoing maintenance when WW II started, DIXIE advanced westward across the Pacific as the United States fought the Japanese. At war's end she served on occupation duty in the Far East and then at the Atomic Testing at Bikini Atoll. DIXIE spent her career in the Pacific. She deployed numerous times to the Western Pacific, at times in support of the US efforts in Korea and Viet Nam. In the late seventies and early eighties she supported the Fleet in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the continuing U.S. Naval presence that followed.

The USS DIXIE (AD-14) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-14 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AD-14 Shellback Initiation Add a AD-14 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY1939-Launch Date: 27 MAY 1939
APR1940-Commissioned: 25 APR 1940
APR1941-MAY1946West Pac
MAR1942-AUG1945West Pac
NOV1942- Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1942 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1942-Shellback Initiation - 21 NOV 1942 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1943-Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1943 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1946-AUG1946Bikini Atoll 1946 Operation Cross roads
JAN1950-DEC1954West Pac
JUL1950-FEB1951West Pac
JAN1952-SEP1952West Pac
MAR1953-SEP1953West Pac
OCT1953-JAN1955West Pac
MAR1954-OCT1954West Pac
AUG1955-SEP1957West Pac
OCT1955-Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1955 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1955-Shellback Initiation - 23 OCT 1955 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1956-SEP1956West Pac
JAN1957-JAN1957West Pac
JAN1957-JAN1961West Pac
DEC1960-JUL1961West Pac
FEB1962-AUG1962West Pac
MAR1963-JAN1964West Pac
JAN1964-JAN1965West Pac
JUL1964-JUN1968West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1964-FEB1965West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1965-JAN1966West Pac
JAN1966-SEP1966Dry Dock
JAN1966-OCT1966West Pac
JAN1967-OCT1967West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1967-FEB1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1968-OCT1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1968-JAN1969West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1968-FEB1970West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1968-OCT1968West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-JUL1971West Pac
JAN1971-JUL1971West Pac
NOV1971-MAY1972West Pac
NOV1972-FEB1973West Pac
JUL1974-MAR1975West Pac
MAR1975-JUL1977West Pac
APR1976-NOV1976West Pac
NOV1979-MAY1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
DEC1979-Shellback Initiation - 13 DEC 1979 - Indian Ocean
MAY1980-Shellback Initiation - 30 MAY 1980 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1981-Shellback Initiation - 30 FEB 1981 - Indian Ocean
FEB1981- Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1981 - Indian Ocean
AUG1981-FEB1982West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN1982-Decommissioned: 15 JUN 1982
JAN2010-FEB2010Alaska

AD-14 General Specifications

Complement: 1262 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 9450 tons

Length: 530 feet 6 inches

Beam: 73 feet 3 inches

Draft: 24 feet 5 in

Flank Speed: 18 kts



USS DIXIE (AD-14)



The second Dixie (AD-14) was launched 27 May 1939 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. A. C. Pickens, and commissioned 25 April 1940, Lieutenant Commander G. H. Bahm in command.


Dixie sailed from Norfolk 20 June 1940 for Pearl Harbor to serve the destroyers of the Battle Force until October when she cleared for the west coast and similar operations at San Diego. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, she was undergoing overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard, and quickly took up the task of readying ships for war service. In March1942 she returned to Pearl Harbor to tend destroyers and other ships of the Fleet until November.


Dixie alternated between Noumea and Espiritu Santo in support of the operations in the Solomons from November 1942 to March 1944, then went to the Solomons where she was based at Hathorn Sound. In September she arrived at the huge fleet base at Ulithi serving there until February 1945. Her essential services were next given at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, where Dixie remained until the end of the war. She served ships on occupation duty at Okinawa and Shanghai, then returned to the west coast in December 1946.


In the summer of 1946 Dixie sailed to Bikini Atoll for atomic weapons experiments, Operation "Crossroads." In 1947 and in 1949 she cruised to the Far East and based on Tsingtao to serve destroyers on patrol off the Chinese coast. When the Communist advance forced the evacuation of Americans from China, she acted as headquarters for the American Consul and Charge d'affaires at Hong Kong. She continued her active service alternating flagship duty for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, at San Diego, with tours in the Far East, based on Sasebo, Japan or Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. During two of these western Pacific tours, she rendered valuable assistance to the ships of the United Nations operating off Korea. In 1959 and again in 1960, in addition to serving at San Diego, she sailed to the Far East to provide tender facilities for the 7th Fleet.


Dixie received five battle stars for Korean War service.

[Note: The above USS DIXIE (AD-14) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DIXIE (AD-14) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]