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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


Specifications:
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 2.6 years of service
  • 21 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 February 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    Gilmore 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
    Gilmore 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)
    Gilmore 74k 27 February 1945: Bow on view of Gilmore off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-18-1505-45)
    Gilmore 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)
    Gilmore 111k 27 February 1945: Stern view. (Navy Photo #DE-18-1501-45)
    Gilmore 212k 3 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)
    Gilmore 256k 3 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)
    Gilmore 187k 3 March 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    Gilmore 158k 3 March 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard
    Gilmore 67k Alaska, undated Roy Byrum

    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.)
    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.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Roland Major
    Address: 6239 Monita Street. Long Beach, CA. 90803-2125
    Phone:(562) 430-9391
    E-mail:rmajor696@charter.net

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

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