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ex-HMS Halder (BDE-18)

USS Gilmore (DE 18)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - X - B - Y
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Gilmore (DE 18) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1942: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 22 October 1942: Launched as HMS Halder (BDE 18), sponsored by Mrs. Otis J. Boyer, wife of a Quarterman Rigger of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  • 19 February 1943: Retained by U.S. Navy, renamed USS Gilmore
  • 17 April 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. S. C. Small in command
  • 29 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 8⅓ months of service
  • 21 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 February 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    110k 22 October 1942: Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal. - Mrs. Otis J. Boyer (Sponsor) is seen christening the HMS Halder. Capt F. G. Crisp to left of Mrs. Boyer is assisting in the christening.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-6535-42)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    127k 22 October 1942: The HMS Halder (BDE 18) is half way down the building ways at Mare Island on 22 Oct 1942.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-6534-42)
    165k 13 April 1943: The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Gilmore (DE 18) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California. Gilmore was commissioned on 17 April 1943.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #19-N-43274 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    74k 27 February 1945: Bow on view of Gilmore off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-1505-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    98k 27 February 1945: Broadside view, she was in overhaul at the yard from 19 January until 3 March 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-1505-45)
    399k 27 February 1945: Vallejo, Cal. - Port quarter view (135 degrees off centerline) of Gilmore off the Mare Island Navy Yard, wearing Measure 22 camouflage scheme. Gilmore was originally allocated to England under terms of the Lend-Lease Program, and launched as HMS Halder (BDE-18) on 22 October 1942 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California. Reallocated to the United States Navy, Gilmore (DE 18) was commissioned on 17 April 1943.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #1502-45 from the Mare Island Navy Yard)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    111k 27 February 1945: Stern view.

    (Navy Photo #DE-18-1501-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    212k 03 March 1945: Forward plan view of Gilmore. USS Engstrom (DE 50) is aft of Gilmore and the stern of Montgomery (DM 17) is seen of the next pier to the right.

    (<U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-1625-45)
    256k 03 March 1945: Aft plan view, note new quad 40mm gun mount aft which replaced the 1.1" guns.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-1624-45)
    187k 03 March 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    158k 03 March 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard
    67k Alaska, undated Roy Byrum

    Gilmore History
    View the USS Gilmore (DE 18) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Gilmore's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Apr. 1943 - 31 Aug. 1943Lcdr. Seldon Clobridge Small (Comm. CO)
    2.) 31 Aug. 1943 - 03 Jan. 1944Lt. Alfred Gordon Cooke, USNR
    3.) 03 Jan. 1944 - 24 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Walter Donald Jenckes, USNR
    4.) 24 Jan. 1945 - 29 Dec. 1945Lt. Theodore Francis Mayer Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Name: Roland Major
    Address: 6239 Monita Street
    City/State: Long Beach, CA. 90803-2125
    Phone:(562) 430-9391

    Contact Name: Bill Glover
    Address: 1929 SW 16th Pl.
    City/State: Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8026
    Phone: (954) 571-5157
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