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USS Walton (DE 361)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - O - U
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Otis"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: - Korea Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Fourth Row: Philippine Liberation Medal - UN Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Walton (DE 361) Building and Operational Data:
21 March 1944: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
20 May 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Clara Olson, the mother of the late Sergeant Walton
4 September 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Wilbur S. Wills, Jr., in command
31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
26 January 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal., Lcdr John D. Brink in command
4 November 1951: Homeport reassigned to Pearl Harbor as a unit of CortDiv 92 (with DE's 440, 699, and 700)
20 July 1958: Assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District at San Francisco, Cal. as a unit of Reserve CortDiv 12
1 October 1961: Activated for the Berlin Crisis, reassigned to Pearl Harbor
1 August 1962: Returned to San Francisco, deactivated, returned to the NRT Program as a unit of ResDesRon 27
20 September 1968: Decommissioned
23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR
7 August 1969: Sunk as target off California
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||20 May 1944: Orange, Tex. - Walton being side-launched.
||circa 1962: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - An official U.S. Navy photo of Walton passing Hospital Point at Pearl Harbor.
||Ken W. Sayers
||circa 1962: off the coast of Pearl Harbor - An official U.S. Navy photo of Walton at sea. This photo and the one prior were probably taken during Walton's last deployment to the Pacific.
||3 October 1965: Alameda, Cal. - Walton in drydock during an overhaul at Todd Shipyard.
||1 February 1966: Treasure Island, Cal. - Walton moored at Treasure Island Naval Station, pier 14N.
||28 August 1966: Treasure Island, Cal. - Walton returning to Pier 14N after Cruise 8E-RC to San Diego.
||December 1966: Treasure Island, Cal. - Walton breasting out from Pier 14N.
||7 May 1967: San Francisco Bay - Walton serving as the flagship for San Francisco’s annual Blessing of the Fleet event in Racoon Strait. Note the Mk 32 torpedo tubes near the stack, which had been installed only a week earlier.
||7 May 1967: San Francisco Bay - Pleasure boats inspecting Walton while she served as the flagship for the Blessing of the Fleet festival in Racoon Strait.
View the USS Walton (DE 361) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
25 September 2013 at Portland, Ore.
Contact: Jerry and Mary Hudson
Address: 4750 Co Road 480 / Tebbetts MO 65080
Phone: (573) 291-1922
E-mail: marjer67 at ktis.net
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Ed Whitehead's USS Walton Web Site
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Walton
The Destroyer History Foundation
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