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USS Dyess (DD-880/DDR-880)

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USS Dyess (DD-880) was launched 26 January 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Dyess, widow of Lieutenant Colonel Dyess; and commissioned 21 May 1945, Commander R. L. Fulton in command. She was reclassified DDR-880 18 March 1949.

After her shakedown cruise and conversion to a radar picket destroyer, USS Dyess (DD-880) sailed from Norfolk 7 November 1945 to join the 5th Fleet at Tokyo Bay 19 December for occupation duty in the Far East. She served in local training cruises until August of that year when she sailed to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, to escort President H. S. Truman embarked in USS Missouri (BB-63) as far as Norfolk when he transferred to the Presidential yacht USS Williamsburg (AGC-369) which USS Dyess (DD-880) escorted to Washington, D.C.

USS Dyess (DD-880) arrived at Newport, R.I., 27 September 1947 for local training operations. After a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from 29 October to 14 February 1948, she returned to her home port of Norfolk. Until the end of 1958 USS Dyess (DD-880) made nine tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, patrolling to preserve peace and engaging in exercises with NATO forces. She assisted in the evacuation of American nationals from Suez during the tense situation which developed during her 1956 Mediterranean cruise. In the summer of 1958 she joined in strengthening the free world's defenses with NATO operations in northern Europe.

USS Dyess (DD-880) operated along the east coast and off Cuba in 1959, and on 25 July arrived at Charleston, S.C., her new home port. On 29 January 1960 she sailed on her tenth deployment to the Mediterranean. USS Dyess (DD-880) returned to Charleston, S.C. in August, and in October entered Charleston Naval Ship Yard, where she remained until the end of 1960.

For a complete history of USS Dyess (DD-880) please see its DANFS page.