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USS Dallas (DD-199)

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USS Dallas (DD-199) was laid down on 25 November 1918 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 31 May 1919; sponsored by Miss W. D. Strong, great grand-daughter of Capt. Dallas; re-designated from Destroyer No. 199 to DD 199 on 17 July 1920; and commissioned on 29 October 1920, Lt. Ellis H. Roach in temporary command. Lt. Alexander R. Early, Jr., assumed command on 10 November 1920.

USS Dallas (DD-199) operated on the east coast, participating in exercises and maneuvers from her base at Charleston, S.C. She arrived at Philadelphia on 12 April 1922 and was placed out of commission there on 26 June. Re-commissioned on 14 April 1925 USS Dallas (DD-199) served with various destroyer squadrons, serving as flagship for Squadrons 9, 7, and 1. 

USS Dallas (DD-199) sailed from San Diego on 9 April 1934 for the Presidential Review of the Fleet in June 1934 at New York City, and tactical exercises on the east coast and in the Caribbean. Returning to San Diego on 9 November, USS Dallas (DD-199) continued to operate in the Pacific until 1938, cruising to Hawaii and Alaska. She was again placed out of commission on 23 March 1939.

With the outbreak of World War II in Europe, USS Dallas (DD-199) was recommissioned on 25 September 1939 and assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, serving as flagship for Destroyer Squadrons 41 and 30. She operated the Atlantic coast and conducted training exercises until 7 July 1941 when she got underway for Argentia, Newfoundland, arriving four days later. USS Dallas (DD-199) had convoy duty between Norfolk, New York and New London, making one voyage to Gibraltar from 3 March to 14 April 1943, until 9 May when she departed Norfolk for Oran, Algeria, arriving on 23 May. Following a thorough overhaul at Charleston, S.C, USS Dallas (DD-199) escorted two convoys to North Africa between 23 February and 9 June 1944.

She was renamed USS Alexander Dallas on 31 March 1945 to avoid confusion with the cruiser USS Dallas (CA-140), then projected for construction, until 7 June 1945 when she reported to Philadelphia.

Arriving at the Philadelphia Navy yard on 7 June 1945, USS Alexander Dallas was decommissioned there on 28 July 1945. Stricken from the Navy Register on 13 August 1945, ex-Alexander Dallas was sold on 30 November 1945 to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md., for $8,700.00, for scrapping.

For a complete history of USS Dallas (DD-199) please see its DANFS page.