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USS GILLIS (DD-260 / AVD-12)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NERR

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, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy on December 27 1918.
Launched May 29 1919 and commissioned September 3 1919.
Decommissioned May 26 1922, Recommissioned June 28 1940.
Converted to Seaplane Tender AVD-12 August 2 1940.
Decommissioned October 15 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold January 29 1946 to NASSCO, Treasure Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Named for John P. Gillis and James Henry Gillis.

James Henry Gillis, born 14 May 1831 in Ridgway, Pa., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1854. Three years later, while serving in store ship Supply he rescued the crew of a floundered Argentine ship during a violent storm. During the Civil War he served with Union Squadrons blockading the Confederacy and subsequently commanded Michigan, Franklin (Flagship European Station), Lackawanna, Minnesota, and Hartford (Flagship Pacific Station). Appointed Rear Admiral in 1888, he retired on 14 May 1893. Known as the "Sailor with a charmed life" because he never lost a man at sea, Rear Admiral Gillis died 6 December 1910 at Melbourne Beach, Fla. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

John P. Gillis, born 6 September 1803 in Wilmington, Del., was appointed Midshipman in 1825. He served with distinction in the Mexican War at the capture of Tuspan and in 1853-54 sailed with Commodore Perry's expedition to open Japan to the West. During the Civil War he commanded Monticello, Seminole, and Ossipee in the Union blockade and subsequently was on duty at New York until retiring in 1866. Commodore Gillis died 25 February 1873 in the city of his birth. Image from the Historical Society of Delaware.
Bill Gonyo
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Gillis 132kUSS Gillis (DD-260) 1929 in San Diego. Photo by Lieutenant Commander Don P. Moon. Copied from John D. Alden’s book Flush Decks And Four Pipes.Paul Rebold
Gillis 42kUndated, appears to be a painting or post card image of the Gillis.Paul Rebold

USS GILLIS DD-260 / AVD-12 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Webb Trammell    Sep 3 1919 - ?
LCDR Robert Heweston Skelton    Nov 24 1921 - May 26 1922
Decommissioned May 26 1922 - Jun 28 1940
LCDR John Postell Heath    Jun 28 1940 - ?
LCDR Norman Farquhar Garton    Jun 1942 - Aug 21 1942
LCDR Herman Lamar Ray    Aug 21 1942 - May 4 1943
LCDR William Wilson Fitts    May 4 1943 - Jan 2 1944
LCDR Reuben Jacobsen    Jan 2 1944 - Jan 10 1945
LCDR James C. Sullivan Jr.    Jan 10 1945 - Sep 19 1945
LT Carl S. Goodbody    Sep 19 1945 - Oct 15 1945

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

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