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USS Willis (DE 395)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Willis (DE 395) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 July 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 14 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Marie E. Willis, mother of the late Ens. Willis
  • 10 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. G. R. Atterbury, USNR, in command
  • 12 September 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 9 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 August 1973: Sold for scrapping to Edward O. Sanchez of New Bedford, Mass.

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    Willis 90k undated wartime images

    (U.S. Navy Photos)
    Glenn Crabtree
    Willis 33k
    Willis 330k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    David Buell

    Willis History
    View the USS Willis (DE 395) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Willis as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Willis' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Dec. 1943 17 Feb. 1945Lcdr. George R. Atterbury, USNR (Comm. CO) (Radnor, Pa.)
    2.) 17 Feb. 1945 08 Mar. 1945Lt. John M. Sharp, USNR (temp.)
    3.) 08 Mar. 1945 27 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Joe Maxwell Gunn, USNR
    4.) 27 Oct. 1945 20 Apr. 1946Lcdr. George Peter Sotos, USNR (Kansas City, Mo.)
    5.) 20 Apr. 1946 14 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Paul J. Boeke, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Willis
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