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|142k||Artist's conception of Pillsbury 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, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|61k||John E. Pillsbury, born in Lowell, Mass. 15 December 1846, was appointed Midshipman in 1862 and commissioned an Ensign in 1868. After serving on various stations afloat and ashore, he commanded the coast steamer Blake from 1884 to 1891 and did excellent scientific work, using in some of his research instruments of his own invention. In the Spanish-American War he commanded the dynamite cruiser Vesuvius, operating around the island of Cuba and in the vicinity of Morro Castle. In 1905 he served as Chief of Staff of the North Atlantic Fleet and in 1908-09, was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. Although Rear Admiral Pillsbury’s attainments as a sailor and a fighting man were noteworthy, he is perhaps best known as having been one of the world’s foremost geographers and as an authority of the Gulf stream. Actively identified with the National Geographic Society for many years, he was president of the society at the time of his death, 30 December 1919.
USS Pillsbury (DE 133) (1943-1960) was the second ship to be named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 227 (1920-1942).
(U.S. Navy photo Digital ID#: ggbain 02614 from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
|60k||5 March 1943: Orange, Tex. - Pillsbury (DE 133) and Pope (DE 134) fitting out at Consolidated Steel Co. (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])||Mike Green|
Port Angeles, Wash.
|80k||29 August 1943: the Atlantic Ocean - Pillsbury (DE 133) prior to her assignment to Task Group 21.12 or Task Group 22.3. (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])|
|144k||24 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - taken on Christmas Eve at the New York Naval Shipyard (USN photo #BuShips 57806)||David Buell|
|124k||24 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - taken on Christmas Eve at the New York Naval Shipyard (USN photo #BuShips 57808)|
|165k||24 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - taken on Christmas Eve at the New York Naval Shipyard (USN photo #BuShips 57807)|
|94k||.. April 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Pillsbury as she circles around U-515. Assisted by USS Flaherty (DE 135), USS Chatelain (DE 149), and USS Pope (DE 134), U-515 was blasted to the surface were she tried to fight her way out, but Chatelain and Flaherty were on target, and were shortly rescuing 43 survivors. (Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II", by Theodore Roscoe)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|17k||.. June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - A boarding party from Pillsbury (DE 133) works to secure a tow line to the newly captured German U-505 on 4 June 1944. The capture was made by Guadalcanal (CVE 60) (Capt. Dan Gallery), while on patrol in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa. Pillsbury and Chatelain (DE 149) assisted. It was the only submarine captured by the U.S. Navy in World War II.||Fred Weiss|
|59k||04 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Pillsbury (DE 133) moves alongside U-505 to take the captured submarine in tow. Pillsbury was severely damaged when U-505's bow plane sliced open the DE's hull. (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])||Mike Green|
Port Angeles, Wash.
|68.3k||07 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Pillsbury refueling from USS Kennebec (AO 36). (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])|
|35k||undated wartime image||Maj. Matthew R. Williams|
|17k||.. April 1945: the Atlantic Ocean - U-546 captives|
|140k||15 March 1955: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - "Setting of the first watch at commissioning ceremony of USS Pillsbury (DER 133). Officer of the Deck Lt.(jg) Russell A. Marcellus, USN (Michael's Dad). Operations Department personnel with Division Officer Lt.(jg) Donald Cook, USN."||Michael Marcellus|
|71k||.. September 1957: As DER 133, I believe that this was her last Med cruise. (Photo by Wright & Logan Ltd)||Jerry M. Van Cleave|
Commander, USN (ret.)
|78k||circa 1957: USS Pillsbury underway. (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59")||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS Pillsbury (DE 133) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Pillsbury's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 07 Jun. 1943 - 22 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. William Henry Parker, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 22 Dec. 1943 - 31 Jul. 1945||Lcdr. George Washington Cassleman, USNR (ret. as Radm.)|
|3.) 31 Jul. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Henry Sears, USNR|
|4.) 03 Oct. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Philip F. Ruth, USNR|
|5.) 15 Jan. 1946 - 16 May 1946||Lt.(jg) Francis L. Dale, USNR|
|6.) 16 May 1946 - 01 Apr. 1947||Lcdr. Daniel Victor James|
|7.) 01 Apr. 1947 - 01 May 1947||Lt.(jg) Alexander Niblock (Decomm. CO)|
|8.) 15 Mar. 1955 - 10 Aug. 1956||Cmdr. Hanford Thornton Cruser III (Recomm. CO) (USNA '42)|
|9.) 10 Aug. 1956 - 03 Aug. 1958||Lcdr. Alfred Winslow Harmon (Iowa Park, Tex.)|
|10.) 03 Aug. 1958 - Aug. 1959||Lcdr. Robert Stiles Harward (New York, N.Y.)|
|11.) Aug. 1959 - Jan. 1960||Lcdr. Robert Emmett Fitzgerald|
|12.) Jan. 1960 - 20 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Daniel Joseph Costello (Decomm. CO)|
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