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USS GILMER (DD-233 / APD-11)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NERB

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on June 25 1918.
Launched May 24 1919 and commissioned April 30 1920.
Decommissioned August 31 1938, recommissioned September 25 1939.
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-11 January 22 1943.
Decommissioned February 5 1946.
Stricken February 25 1946.
Fate Sold December 3 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Gilmer 90kThomas Walker Gilmer, born 6 April 1802 in Albemarle County, Va., served for many years in the Virginia House of Delegates, became Governor of Virginia in 1840, and was elected to Congress in 1841. He was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Tyler 15 February 1844 but was killed 28 February 1844 by the bursting of a gun while on board USS Princeton. Photo #: NH 54751. Thomas Walker Gilmer, Secretary of the Navy, 19 February 1844 - 28 February 1844, 19th Century engraving. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Gilmer 114kUndated, probably the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Gilmer 147kUndated painting by an officer on the Gilmer and hung aboard until her decommissioning in 1946.Scott McCoy
Gilmer 132kUndated photo of the USS Gilmer (DD-233). Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, Photo No. NH 73267.Mike Green
Gilmer 232kNH 90458. In European waters circa 1921, from Charles Sass collection.Ed Zajkowski
Gilmer 153kClose-up of a 5"/51 guns aboard USS Gilmer (DD 233) date (likely circa 1921) and place unknown. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 131kPhoto taken from the bow showing an officer and the bridge of the USS Gilmer (DD 233) with the city of Zelinika, Yugoslavia in the background on 21 Jan 1921. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 74kBow view of USS Gilmer (DD 233) in dry dock at Pola, Italy on 8 Feb 1921. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 112kStern view showing damage starboard shaft of USS Gilmer (DD 233) in dry dock at Pola, Italy on 8 Feb 1921. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 102kStern view taken from the dry dock floor showing damage starboard shaft of USS Gilmer (DD 233) while in dry dock at Pola, Italy on 8 Feb 1921. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 130kStern view showing propellor damage of USS Gilmer (DD 233) in dry dock at Pola, Italy on 8 Feb 1921. From the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.Darryl Baker
Gilmer 84kUSS Gilmer (DD-233)in Hampton Roads, Virginia, October 1922. Note her 5"/51 guns. She was one of five "flush-deck" destroyers to carry these weapons.Paul Rebold
Gilmer 58kUSS Gilmer (DD-233) in October, 1942, just prior to conversion into APD. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, Photo No. NH 91126.Mike Green
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USS GILMER DD-233 / APD-11 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG Harold James Wright    Apr 30 1920 - Sep 24 1920
LCDR Marion Clinton Robertson    Sep 24 1920 - Jan 1 1922 
LCDR Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum Jr.    Jan 1 1922 - Jul 10 1923
CDR Martin Kellog Metcalf    Jul 10 1923 - Jan 9 1924
CDR Vaughan Kimball Coman    Jan 9 1924 - Dec 3 1925
CDR Charles Frank Russell    Dec 3 1925 -  Dec 16 1926
LCDR Robert Todd Young    Dec 16 1926 - Sep 1 1929
CDR John Reginald Beardall    Sep 1 1929 - Jun 14 1930 (Later RADM)
LCDR Marshall Collins    Jun 14 1930 - Oct 10 1931 
LCDR James Earl Boak    Oct 10 1931 - Apr 9 1932
CDR Thomas Baxter    Apr 9 1932 - Apr 4 1934
LCDR Lawrence Wainwright    Apr 4 1934 - Jul 7 1936
CDR Gerald Laurence Schetky    Jul 7 1936 - Aug 31 1938 
(Decommissioned Aug 31 1938 - Sep 25 1939)
LCDR Ephraim Rankin McLean Jr.    Sep 25 1939 - Jul 31 1940 (Later VADM)
LCDR Burton Lee Doggett    Jul 31 1940 - Aug 13 1941
LCDR Herman Oliff "Hop" Parish    Aug 13 1941 - Dec 9 1942
As the APD-11
CDR John Stuart Horner    Dec 9 1942 - Dec 29 1944 (Later RADM)
LT Walter Clarence Quant    Dec 29 1944 - Feb 5 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971
E-mail: apdsec@cox.net


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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Gilmer APD-11
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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