Allied Warships

USS Dallas (DD 199)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 199 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 Nov 1918 
Launched31 May 1919 
Commissioned29 Oct 1920 
End service28 Jul 1945 

Decommissioned 26 June 26 1922
Recommissioned 14 April 14 1925
Decommissioned 25 March 25 1939
Recommissioned 25 September 1939
Renamed Alexander Dallas on 31 March 1945
Decommissioned 28 July 1945
Stricken 13 August 1945
Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Dallas (DD 199)

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1Lt.Cdr. John James Laffan, USN25 Sep 1939Dec 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Harman Brown Bell, Jr., USNDec 194023 Nov 1941
3Lt. Benjamin Katz, USN23 Nov 19412 May 1942
4Ferguson John Norwood, Jr., USN2 May 194214 May 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Robert Brodie, Jr., USN14 May 194211 Dec 1942
6T/Cdr. Anthony Carroll Roessler, USN11 Dec 19426 Feb 1944
7Lt. John Warren Coolidge, USNR6 Feb 194415 May 1944
8Newton Charles Smith, USNR15 May 194425 May 1945
9Lt. Arthur Scott Bell, Jr., USNR25 May 194528 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Dallas include:

9 Nov 1942
Port-Lyautey, Morocco On the night of 9–10 November 1942 a tactical innovation involving the Navy raised American spirits. On the Sebou River the destroyer-transport Dallas pushed aside a barricade and sneaked upstream with a raider detachment to spearhead the assault on thelocal airfield. On the river the Dallas passed a gauntlet of artillery fire and debarked the raiders on the east side of the airfield. (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


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