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USS John L. Williamson (DE 370)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - U - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (Asia Clasp)

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
John L. Willliamson (DE 370) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 May 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 29 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Sherman Register, sister of Seaman First Class Williamson
  • 31 October 1944: Commissioned at City Dock, Orange, Tex., Lcdr J. E. Allen in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 8 months of service
  • 15 September 1970: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    John L. Williamson 69k 29 August 1944: Orange, Tex. - The sponsor and her party at the christening of USS John L. Williamson (DE 370)

    (National Archives photo #80-G-268400)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    John L. Williamson 49k 29 August 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Sherman Register, sister of Seaman 1st Class Williamson, was the ship's sponsor.

    (National Archives photo #80-G-268401)
    John L. Williamson 65k Tuesday, 29 August 1944: Orange, Tex. - The moment of christening.

    (National Archives photo #80-G-268399)
    John L. Williamson 51k 29 August 1944: Orange, Tex. - John L. Williamson first touches water.

    (National Archives photo #80-G-268398)
    John L. Williamson 67k 15 March 1946: San Francisco Bay
    John L. Williamson 56k circa 1946: location unknown
    John L. Williamson 540k October 1969: Vallejo, Cal. - Stern view of USS Paul Hamilton (DD 590) at Reserve Fleet at Mare Island in October 1969. USS Desplaines River (LFR 412) is outboard of Hamilton and the bow of USS John L. Williamson (DE 370) is visible aft of Hamilton's after stack.

    (U.S. Navy photo #94133-10-69)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

    John L. Williamson History
    View the USS John L. Williamson (DE 370) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS John L. Williamson as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    John L. Williamson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 Oct. 1944 19 Nov. 1945Lcdr. John Edward Allen, USNR (Comm. CO) (Essex, Conn.)
    2.) 19 Nov. 1945 14 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Claude B. Shaw, USN (Decomm. CO) (Memphis, Tenn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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