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|56k||LeRay Wilson was born at Cove, Oregon on 04 February 1920, and enlisted in the Navy 08 February 1939. Assigned to USS William B. Preston (AVD 7) on
14 June 1940, Wilson was on the seaplane tender in Malolog Bay in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked American ships there on the morning of 08 December 1941. He remained
on her throughout the succeeding months of valiant struggle in which plucky American ships defied overwhelming odds fighting to hold back the enemy advance toward Australia. Japanese
bombers finally caught up with William B. Preston at Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942. Despite the rapidity with which the attack developed and the very obvious danger
of being trapped by an explosion, Wilson went immediately below decks and had just completed closing all doors and hatches when a bomb hitting within a few feet of him caused his death.
Because of his courage and efficiency, the flooding of the ship was confined to two compartments. Metalsmith 2d Class Wilson was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his bravery.
USS LeRay Wilson (DE 414) (1944-1959) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the USS LeRay Wilson Website.)
|77k||undated wartime image||George J. Chairsson|
|62k||undated wartime image||Dan Culliton|
|67k||in dry dock, undated wartime image|
|65k||undated wartime image|
|72k||10 January 1945: Just prior to being struck by a kamikaze. Aircraft (Japanese Betty) and AA tracer fire are visible.
(Slightly blurred but excellent image, whoever took this image is a very brave man.)
|103k||1951: After recommissioning||Frank D. Heckart|
October 1954 - May 1956.
|120k||undated postwar image||David Buell|
|59k||mid-1950's: location unknown - Young ladies aboard a yacht wave as LeRay Wilson steams past.||Tommy Trampp|
|LeRay Wilson History|
|View the USS LeRay Wilson (DE 414) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS LeRay Wilson as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|LeRay Wilson's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 05 Oct. 1944 - .. Sep. 1945||Lcdr. Matthew Vaughn Carson, Jr., USNR (Yorktown, Tex.)|
|2.) .. Sep. 1945 – .. .... 1946||Lcdr. Felix Leonard Englander, USN (USNA ‘40) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|3.) .. .... 1946 – 15 Jan. 1947||Lcdr. T. J. Kohne, USNR|
|4.) 28 Mar. 1951 - .. Jul. 1952||Lcdr. Robert Malcolm Stuart (USNA ‘43) (Boston, Mass.)|
|6.) .. .... 1954 - .. .... 1956||Lcdr. Alvin Taylor Stubel (USNA ‘44) (Fairview, N.J.)|
|7.) 1956 - 1957||Lcdr. Ralph Glover Spencer|
|8.) .. .... 1957 - .. .... 1958||Lcdr. Victor Jay Sibert|
|9.) .. .... .... - 30 Jan. 1958||Lcdr. Louis Joseph Collister (Manhattan, Kan.)|
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