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
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]