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II August 1969 was not an ordlnary day for I5IO resldents of San D16gO It marked
the beglnnmg of a SIX month separat1on As DIXIE moved away from the pler at a snalls
pace to begln a I4 272 m1le round tr1p the major1ty of the crew and all of the dependents
felt the 6 months would be an eternlty
As 1t always does tlmes heallng qualltles lntervened and after a couple days of
unsettled feellngs all hands got Wlth the rout1ne and cont1nued plannlng and preparlng
themselves for the1r support m1ss1on 1n WESTPAC
The first leg of the voyage culm1nated wlth a two day stop 1n beautlful balmy Hawa11
All hands took advantage of the short resplte at th1s enchantlng tourlst haven WIth1H an
hour of moormg all the Navy Exchange rental cars were contracted f r as w ll a
number of bus tours DIXIE was well represented 1n all areas of the lsland from Dlamond
Head to Pearl Harbor The shutterbugs were out 1n force as were the golfers and shop ers
Underway agaln on the 19th we set course for Sublc Bay PI Although I4 days of
steamlng IS a long tlme any way you cut It no more pleasant seas could have been had
even lf DIXIE had s1gned a contract Wlfh K1ng Neptune The water was smooth and
blllowed 1n great flat swells
The sky was cloudless and each noon hour and weekend the sun worshlppers worked
on the1r tans The nlghts were clear as only the nlghts at sea can be w1th a large IH
candescent moon hanglng 1n a chandeller of stars
After I3 days the Mayon volcano appeared to starboard and we entered the azure waters
of the San Bernadmo Stra1ts We cru1sed through the Stralts k1ck1ng up format1ons of
flymg Hsh as we went
The per1od of 2 September thru 3 November was spent 1n Sub1c Bay 1n busy support of
our 7th Fleet un1ts from the V1et Nam area Many d1fHcult and pralseworthy accompllsh
ments were attalned by a hard worklng crew
In Splte of a busy schedule all hands supported our vlgorous athletlc program wh1ch
was backed most actlvely by the new Commandlng Ofhcer Fapt Paul H Dallmann who
came aboard 8 September 1n rellef of Captaln I F Renn Golf softball and bowhng were
the pr1nc1ple sports but everythlng from go cartmg toskeet shootlng was avallable and
The Pearl of the Or1ent Hong Kong agaln played host to AD I4 th1S year and ln the
process l1ghtened our collectlve pocketbooks by well over S100 000 U Sl The whole crew
was 1n a state of contlnual motlon hopplng haggllng buylng tour1ng eatlng and yes
After leav1ng Hong Kong wlth 1ts brlght l1ghts and warm cl1mate the arr1val 1n Yoko
suka to fog drlzzle and cold w1nds was at first sllghtly dlsenchantlng The weather soon
lmproved however and after the first few days nothmg but sunsh1ne prevalled
Work cont1nued 'wlth as many as 5 sh1ps 1n the nest at one t1me Iaudatory evaluatlons
recelved from TAV shlps concern1ng SCFVICC performed d1d much to sustaln DIXIEs can
Excluslve of work DIXIE personnel found t1me too aga1n partlclpate 1n weekend tours
hold a golf tournament w1n the Yokosuka Hol1day Fleet Bowllng Tournament place second
and thlrd 1n the basket ball league and place second IH a plstol match agalnst the Yoko
suka Seahawks and the USS OKI AHOMA CITY Most rewardlng of all however w
sponsored a Chr1stmas party for the chlldren of Kofu Kodomoen Orphanage the home of
our ward No11ko Sh1m1zu Norlko 1S now I4 years old and 1S a lovely glrl Thanks to
generous contr1but1ons her endowment at the orphanage was lncreased and she has money
for several more years sponsorshlp
DIXIE departed Yokosuka 28 january and was seemlngly drlven eastward by fa1r w1nds
a followlng sea and maybe even the thoughts of loved ones at home We were 1n fact
at one tlme 20 hours ahead of schedule
Of all the ports and countrles v1s1ted none however was as beautlful and as frlendly
as the last one San D1CgO Callfornla I2 February 1970 HOME
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, Captain John E. RENN, USN,
21 June 1968--I2 Sept 1969
Capt. John E. RENN reported aboard USS
DIXIE from the Staff of CQMFIRSTFLT to
serve as the 26th Commanding Officer. Upon
being relieved he reported for duty as Com-
manding Officer, U. S. Naval Communications
Station, Honolulu, Havvaii.
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