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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
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, the 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 3.8 years of service
1 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
17 August 1973: Sold for scrapping to Edward O. Sanchez of New Bedford, Mass.
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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