|Birth: ||May 5, 1917|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1943|
The Blackshear Times
Thursday, March 30, 1944
Romie Dixon Killed In Action; Torpedoed By Enemy Submarine
Pierce County Youth, Missing For More Than Year,
Had Survived Previous 21-Day Ordeal In Atlantic
Seaman First Class Romie Dixon, Pierce county youth, who survived a 21-day ordeal in an open life boat in the Atlantic, only to be torpedoed by a German U-boat in the icy North Atlantic, is dead.
The South Georgian had been carried on the Navy's "missing" list for a year and is presumed dead, according to a letter received by his sister, Miss Wilma Dixon of Blackshear, from the Navy Department.
Dixon, member of an armed guard crew on a U.S. Merchant ship, saw his ship torpedoed in the North Atlantic on March 10, 1943. A number of survivors were picked up next day by allied ships, but Dixon was reported missing. The Navy, according to the communication to Miss Dixon, presumes that any other survivors of the blast could not have lived in the icy waters, hence after a twelve months lapse, has been declared officially as dead.
A letter of sympathy was received from Commander A. c. Jacobs of the Navy Department, also from the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.
Young Dixon who spent most of his life on a far and who graduated from Blackshear High School, was working in a Charleston, S. C. shipyard when he joined the Navy early in 1942 being assigned soon thereafter to a Navy gun crew.
During the latter part of 1942 his ship was shelled by an enemy submarine, in the Atlantic and sunk, and the day after his family received notice that he was missing in action they received a letter from him revealing that he had landed safely at an Atlantic port and was in a hospital. Dixon had spent 21 days, after being set adrift 1,200 miles from land, in an open 30 foot boat with 22 other survivors, before he was picked up by a ship and brought to port.
He was later commended by the Chief of Naval Personnel for his meritorious action, the citation reading "your courage throughout the attack and subsequent thereto while adrift in a lifeboat, was in keeping with the best traditions of the Naval Service."
Dixon was anxious to get back into action, he asserted while visiting here, upon his release from the hospital. He had his wishes gratified, only to meet death at the hands of another enemy submarine.
He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Dixon of Pierce county. He is survived by two brothers, A. E. Dixon who has been in the Navy since November, 1942, and L. H. Dixon of Charleston; and four sisters, Mrs. J. H. Pittman and Mrs. S. L. Pittman of Blackshear, Mrs. L. E. Martin of Lake City, Fla. and Miss Wilma Dixon of Blackshear.
Allen Ellis Dixon (1867 - 1939)
Minnie Neese Sweat Dixon (1873 - 1940)
Marjorie P. Dixon Pittman (1907 - 1997)*
Mamie Lou Dixon Pittman (1910 - 2002)*
Allen Ellis Dixon (1914 - 1987)*
Roma James Dixon (1917 - 1943)
Ben James Cemetery
Maintained by: Jerry Barnard
Originally Created by: Robin Gatson
Record added: Jul 21, 2006
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