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USS Dyer (DD-84)

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USS Dyer (DD-84) was laid down on 27 September 1917, at Quincy, Mass., by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 13 April 1918; sponsored by Miss Virginia Blackmur; and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard, on 1 July 1918, Cmdr. Fred H. Poteet in command.

Prior to delivery to the Navy and her commissioning, USS Dyer (DD-84) underwent standardization trials in June off New England. Assigned to Commander, Patrol Squadrons, based on the British colony of Gibraltar (Base No. 9) along with USS Gregory (DD-82), her sister ship of the Wickes-class, USS Dyer (DD-84) departed Boston on 7 July 1918 and proceeded to Newport, R.I. USS Dyer (DD-84) began operations underway on 4 August 1918. Three days, later she received orders to escort U.S. Army Transport (USAT) Virginian and Santa Olivia (Id. No. 3125) to Marseilles. With war’s end, USS Dyer (DD-84) spent three weeks in drydock undergoing repairs and overhaul. Afterward, she made three trips across the straits to Algiers, Algeria or Tangier, French Morocco [Morocco], carrying liberty parties and other passengers (22 December 1918-18 January 1919). 

Operating from Venice as the flagship for the force, USS Dyer (DD-84) engaged in activities in connection with relief agencies, transportation of passengers and supplies in the Adriatic command, and aided in the execution of the terms of the Austrian armistice until 16 April 1919, when she was detached. Clearing Gibraltar on 5 June 1919 with two members of Congress embarked, USS Dyer (DD-84) set out westward in company with USS Gregory for a return to the U.S. via the Azores. Arriving at Ponta Delgada on 7 June, the destroyers reached New York on 14 June 1919, and moored in the North River anchorage off 96th Street. While in the yard, she was placed in reserve with a reduced commission (1 October 1919-31 October 1920). USS Dyer (DD-84) was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 7 June 1922 and stricken from the Navy list on 7 January 1936.

For a complete history of USS Dyer (DD-84) please see its DANFS page.