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USS WILLIAMSON (DD-244 / AVP-15 / AVD-2 / APD-27)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUNS

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on March 27 1919.
Launched October 16 1919 and commissioned October 29 1920.
Reclassified Sea Plane Tender AVP-15 July 1 1938.
Classification changed to AVD-2 August 2 1940.
Reclassified DD-244 December 1 1943.
Conversion to APD-27 canceled July 10 1944.
Decommissioned November 8 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold October 30 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Williamson 129kWilliam Price Williamson was born in August 1884 in Norfolk, Va. He was appointed midshipman on 29 June 1903 and graduated from the Naval Academy with the class of 1907, in the advanced section of that class, on 12 September 1906. Assigned to Indiana (Battleship No. 1), he landed from that ship at Kingston, Jamaica, in January 1907 and was cited by his commanding officer for his efficient work in a rescue party during fires resulting from an earthquake there. Williamson later joined Kansas (Battleship No. 21) and made the globe-girdling cruise of the "Great White Fleet" (1907-1908) in her before he was ordered to Washington, D.C., in March 1909 for "ordnance instruction." From there, he went to Utah (Battleship No. 31) in October of 1911. While in that dreadnought, he commanded the gun battery of Utah's landing force during the landings at Veracruz, Mexico, in April 1914. Wiliamson inspected ordnance at the E. W. Bliss and Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1914 to 1916 before he joined Galveston (Cruiser No. 17) on 13 May 1916 for a brief tour of duty. He then journeyed to the Asiatic Station to become the Inspector of Ordnance and Powder at the Naval Magazine and Chemical Laboratory, Olongapo, P.I. (later called the Naval Ammunition Depot, Olongapo) on 7 July 1916. Returning to the United States in the spring of 1918, he was assigned duty assisting in the fitting out of Orizaba (Id. No. 1536) and became the ship's first executive officer when that transport was commissioned. Williamson then worked closely with the ship's commanding officer, Capt. R. Drace White, another ordnance expert, in developing a workable depth charge thrower for use on board transports, in the hope of providing them with some measure of protection of their own. Wiliamson's invention was a modified Lyle gun (one used for line-throwing in rescue operations). In the first test on 16 August 1918, the crude depth charge projector hurled a 50-pound charge approximately 150 feet. However, before using their creation in actual operations against submarines trailing her convoy, the two officers wanted at l east one more test with a larger propellant charge. Accordingly, on 17 August 1918, they commenced another experiment, one that proved to be a disaster. Williamson fired the gun, but a defective fuse caused the depth charge to explode prematurely, killing him instantly. The blast knocked Capt. White to the deck (with a broken jaw, broken knee, and flesh wounds),and killed three sailors. In addition, four other officers and 22 other enlisted men were wounded in the tragic explosion. For his work, however, Williamson was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. Photo Courtesy of the United States Naval Academy.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Williamson 54kArtist's conception of the Williamson as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Williamson 94kUndated, at anchor in San Diego, California.Scott McCoy
Wiliamson 124kUndated, destroyers moored at San Diego, California, prior to World War II. These ships are (from left to right): USS Barry (DD-248); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Reuben James (DD-245); USS Williamson (DD-244); USS Fox (DD-234); USS Lawrence (DD-250); and USS Hovey (DD-208). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wiliamson 166kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Williamson 772kShip's boat races off Point Loma. Of the many ships pictured, the USS MacDonough (DD-331) is in the upper right and the USS Williamson (DD-244) is in the upper left. The other destroyers remain unidentified. From the collection of Benetta Buell.David Buell
Wiliamson 181kUndated postcard, Portland, Oregon scene.Ron Reeves
Williamson 131kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Eleven destroyers fitting out in the Wet Basin between Piers 3 and 4. Photo is dated 28 September 1920. Ships present are identified as (from left to right): Childs (DD-241), commissioned 22 Oct. 1920; Reuben James (DD-245), commissioned 24 Sept. 1920; McFarland (DD-237), commissioned 30 Sept. 1920; Sturtevant (DD-240), commissioned 21 Sept. 1920; Williamson (DD-244), commissioned 29 Oct. 1920; Sands (DD-243), commissioned 10 Nov. 1920; Lawrence (DD-250), commissioned 18 April 1921; Hopkins (DD-249), commissioned 21 March 1921; Bainbridge (DD-246), commissioned 9 Feb. 1921; Goff (DD-247), commissioned 19 Jan. 1921; and Barry (DD-248), commissioned 28 Dec. 1920.Robert Hurst
Wiliamson 43kMarch 5 1921, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Wiliamson 357kNewspaper clipping showing the Williamson in Odessa, Russia in 1922.Ron Reeves
Williamson 125kUSS Williamson (DD-244) In San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234) are in the right background. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Williamson 140kThe ship's crew during the middle 1930's. Joe's dad was a member of the crew.Joseph J. Woods
Williamson 139kUSS Williamson (DD-244) and USS Hovey (DD-208) In the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, during the 1930s. Destroyers next astern appear to be USS Barry (DD-248) and USS Long (DD-209). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Williamson 190kUSS Williamson (DD-244), Passing through the Culebra Cut, Panama Canal, circa 1932. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 49963.Darryl Baker
Wiliamson 62k1939 during her service as a small seaplane tender (AVP-15), location unknown.Robert Hurst
Williamson 97kAmidships looking forward plan view of the USS Williamson (DD 244) at Mare Island on 21 Jan 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 7 Jan until 23 Jan 44. USS Boyd (DD 544) is berthed to the right.Darryl Baker
Williamson 99kStern looking forward plan view of the USS Williamson (DD 244) at Mare Island on 21 Jan 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 7 Jan until 23 Jan 44. USS Boyd (DD 544) is berthed to the right.Darryl Baker
Williamson 72kUSS Williamson (DD-244, ex-AVD-2) underway in San Francisco Bay, California on 23 January 1944. Though recently reclassified as a destroyer, Williamson retains most of her seaplane tender (AVD) configuration. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard.Darryl Baker
Williamson 47kView of WILLIAMSON moored astern of HARRISON in an unknown anchorage, possibly San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf in June 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
Williamson 155kWilliamson berthed with USS Halloran (DE305) at the Coco Solo Naval Station, Panama, 9-11 October 1945. They were part of the forces brought back to the US East Coast for Navy Day activities, 1945.John Chiquoine
Sterett 129kCoco Solo Naval Station, Panama, 9-11 October 1945. USS STERETT (DD-407), USS GRAYSON (DD-435), USS HALLORAN (DE-305), and USS WILLIAMSON (DD-244) are part of forces returning to the US East Coast for post-war Navy Day activities. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

USS WILLIAMSON DD-244 / AVP-15 / AVD-2 / APD-27 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR J. C. Cunningham    Oct 29 1920 - ?
LCDR Harrison Edward Knauss    Aug 1922 - ?
CDR Herbert Aloysius Ellis    Dec 4 1926 - Jun 14 1928
LCDR Aaron Stanton Merrill    Nov 9 1929 - ?
LCDR Kenneth Reuben Ranson Wallace    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Mallery King Aiken    ? 1936 - ?
CDR John A. Perry    ? - Oct 10 1939 (Later RADM)
LCDR Frederick Norman Kivette    Jan 1941 - Jul 1942 (Later VADM)
LCDR George Bernard Madden    Jul 1942 - ?
CDR James Arthur Pridmore    1943 - 1944

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
NavSource AVP Small Seaplane Tender Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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