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Displacement 4855 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 490' (oa) x 47' 6" x 14' 8" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 8 20mm (4x2) 2 Weapon Alfa ASW
Systems, 4 x 21" TT, 1 DC Track.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 360.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel Quincy February 1 1950.
Launched April 23 1952.
Commissioned July 29 1954.
Decommissioned December 19 1969.
Stricken May 1 1974.
Fate Sold: June 13 1975 to Luria Brothers, Cleveland, OH and scrapped.

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Wilkinson 20kBorn in Annapolis, Maryland on December 22, 1888, Admiral Wilkinson graduated for the Naval Academy in 1909. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions leading a raiding party from the USS Florida during the Veracruz expedition. Commanded Battleship Division 2 early in WWII. Also served as deputy commander to Admiral Halsey's South Pacific Force, then commander of the Third Amphibious Force. He saw action in the Solomons, Leyte, and at Lingayen Gulf. At the time of the surrender, his amphibious force was transporting General Eichelberger's Eighth Army to Japan for occupation duty. Drowned in a car accident in Norfolk, Virginia on February, 21, 1946.Bill Gonyo
Wilkinson 123kAlongside USS Frontier (AD-25), Buckner Bay Okinawa. Undated.Gary Priolo
Wilkinson 54kPostcard Copyright © Universal Ship Cancellation Society. Undated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Wilkinson 109kUndated, location unknown. Photos from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60."Robert Hurst
Wilkinson 167kUndated postcard in Narragansett Bay.Tommy Trampp/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Wilkinson 167kUndated, USS Wilkinson (DL-5), USS Black (DD-666) and USS Trathen (DD-530).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Wilkinson 56kCirca 1955, location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57".Robert Hurst
Wilkinson 103kUnderway circa 1956-1959, following installation of 3"/70 guns in place of her original 3"/50s. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106844.Gerd Matthes/Robert Hurst
Wilkinson 167kJuly 15 1957, location unknown.Tom Kerman
Wilkinson 197kLos Angeles Examiner (7 July 1958) - Thirty-two members of cruiser Helena (CL 75) who saved life of heart surgery victim by giving blood award. Their blood saved the life of heart surgery victim. 32 members of the heavy cruiser Helena form "V" around a regulus on the fantail of the Helena after they had been given Red Cross special citation. The operation was successful. Entire crew witnessed ceremonies in which Rear Admiral M.H. Hubbard, commander Cruiser Division 3, presented the citation and shook hands with the men. The ship in the background is the USS Wikinson (DL 5) with her forward 5"/54, 3"/50 and Weapon Alpha mounts visible. From the USC Libraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Wilkinson 107kUSS Wilkinson (DL-5), underway circa 1964, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Wilkinson 98kUSS Wilkinson (DL-5) underway in 1968, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
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Philadelphia Navy Yard - May 1972.
Ed Zajkowski
Wilkinson 34kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Wilkinson 51kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Granville Dockum    Aug 3 1954 - Jun 1955

CDR Daniel Jordan Carrison    Jun 1955 - Oct 1956

CDR Oliver Scott Dwire    Oct 1956 - Jul 1958

CDR Samuel Thomas Orme    Jul 1958 - Jul 30 1960

CDR Arthur Tenney Emerson Jr.    Jul 30 1960 - May 1962

CDR Harold Raymond 'Red' Youman Jr.    May 1962 - Aug 1964

CDR William Francis Clifford Jr.    Aug 1964 - Apr 9 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Holmes Smith Jr.    Apr 9 1966 - Mar 1968

CDR Gordan Van Hook    Mar 1968 - Dec 19 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Lair
Phone: (619) 479-7387
Next Reunion: August 8-15, 2020 at New Orleans, Louisiana

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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Destroyer History Foundation
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