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USS ROBERT L. WILSON (DD-847)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBCE

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - WATERPROOF

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME July 2 1945.
Launched January 5 1946 and commissioned March 28 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken September 30 1974.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico January 25 1980 as part of SINKEX.

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Robert Lee Wilson, born 24 May 1921 in Centralia, Ill., enlisted in the Marines at Chicago 9 September 1941 and after training at San Diego, joined the men of the 1st Marine Division 7 to 9 August 1942 in landing assaults against a number of strongly defended positions on Tulagi, Gavatu [sic; Gavutu], Tanambogo, Florida, and Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands. His division completely routed all the enemy forces and seized a most valuable base and airfield. Wilson shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the 1st Marine Division, Reinforced, for actions on Guadalcanal and in a Presidential Unit Citation awarded the 2d Marine Division, Reinforced, for the seizure and occupation of the Japanese-held atoll of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 to 24 November 1944. Pfc. Robert Lee Wilson was killed in action while taking part in the capture and occupation of the Marianas Islands. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Tinian on 3 August 1944. While advancing toward enemy troops, Private First Class Wilson threw himself on an enemy grenade sacrificing himself to save a group of companions. Photo from the USMC History Division. Second photo courtesy of the USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847) Association.Bill Gonyo
Wilson 51kUndated, location unknown.-
Wilson 115kUndated, location unknown.William Jones
Wilson 30kUndated, location unknown.William Jones
Wilson 60kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Wilson 126kUSS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847), underway before receiving her FRAM conversion, location unknown. Photo courtesy of Skyfotos.Robert Hurst
Wilson 35kUndated, location unknown.Mike Loveall
Wilson 129kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wilson 127kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wilson 170kFour scenes from the USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847) circa 1960-1962 from the collection of Andy Kubishen CAPT USN (Ret.).Andy Kubishen
Wilson 62kAs above.Andy Kubishen
Wilson 196kAs above.Andy Kubishen
Wilson 272kAs above.Andy Kubishen
Wilson 232kWire photo from January 29 1961.Ron Reeves
Wilson 64kUSS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847) and USS Damato (DD-871) at Gibraltar in September 1961.Gerd Matthes
Wilson 267kPhiladelphia, October 11 1963, the FRAM torch is passed from CDR George William Fromknecht, USS Furse (DD-882) to LCDR Arvin Chertavian, USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847).Ed Zajkowski
Wilson 154kSeptember 12 1964, location unknown. Photo by PHC B. W. McCombs, NPC 1107913.Ed Zajkowski
Wilson 89kNew York, NY 1965.Marc Piché
Wilson 210kOperating with the USS WASP in 1966.Douglas Johnson
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1973
Wolfgang Hechler
Wilson 178kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard July 1976. On starboard side is the AGSS-569 and to port is possibly the CLC-1.Ed Zajkowski
Wilson 97kAt Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico just prior to being towed out for SINKEX.Gerrold Ricks
Wilson 61kThe Wilson's Port Anchor which has been relocated to a cemetary in Centralia, IL near Robert L. Wilson's home by the Ship's Reunion Group in October 2010. Mike Loveall
Wilson 73kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Wilson 40kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Wilson 44kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Wilson 231kShip's patch.Tommy Trampp
Wilson 23kBuilders Plate. Courtesy of the USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847) Association.Bill Gonyo
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USS ROBERT L. WILSON DD-847 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Tilghman Probasco    Mar 28 1946 - Sep 1946
CDR Sidney Robatham Miller Jr.    Sep 1946 - Dec 1947
CDR Robert James Hardy    Dec 1947 - Jul 1949
CDR Robert Klink (Rab) Irvine    Jul 1949 - Aug 1951
CDR Leslie James O'Brien Jr.    Aug 1951 - Dec 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR Asbury Coward III    Dec 1951 - Jun 1953
CDR Hinton Ira Smith    Jun 1953 - Aug 1954
CDR Howard Anthony James Sugg    Aug 1954 - Dec 20 1955
CDR Eric Ischinger Jr.    Dec 20 1955 - Nov 1957
CDR William Hughlett Hardcastle Jr.    Nov 1957 - Jul 1959
CDR Robert Emery Jeffrey    Jul 1959 - Jul 1960 
LCDR Leahman Joseph Holt    Jul 1960 - Apr 18 1961
CDR James Roscoe Branscome    Apr 18 1961 - Oct 1961
LCDR James Edward Farley    Oct 1961 - Nov 1961
CDR Robert David Rinesmith    Nov 1961 - Mar 1 1963
LCDR Jay Edward Quick    Mar 1 1963 - Jul 1963
LCDR Armen Chertavian    Jul 1963 - Oct 1963
CDR Kenneth Wesley Gavitt    Oct 1963 - Jun 1965
CDR Charles Edgar Clark Nimitz    Jun 1965 - May 25 1967
CDR Frank Luther Kovarick    May 25 1967 - May 20 1968
CDR William Patrick St. Lawrence Jr.    May 20 1968 - Oct 13 1969
CDR Rodion Cantacuzene    Oct 13 1969 - May 28 1971
CDR Peter Corteau Conrad    May 28 1971 - Aug 22 1972 (Later RADM)
CDR Richard William Russell    Aug 22 1972 - Aug 22 1973
CDR Charles Wible Truxall Jr.    Aug 22 1973 - Aug 6 1974
LCDR Joseph Francis Kelly    Aug 6 1974 - Sep 30 1974

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Robert L. Wilson website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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