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USS Gilligan (DE 508)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - N - N
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense 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
Gilligan (DE 508) Building and Operational Data:
26 April 1943: Contract awarded to Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., to be named Donaldson
23 June 1943: Renamed Gilligan, Donaldson reassigned to DE 44
18 November 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newark, N.J.
22 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John J. Gilligan, the namesake's mother
12 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Carl E. Bull, USNR, commanding
02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
15 July 1950: Recommissioned at Seattle, Wa.
August 1950: Assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Portland, Ore.
31 March 1959: Decommissioned at Port Astoria, Ore.
01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
20 November 1973: Sold for scrapping
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||undated wartime image
||July 1950: the Pacific Ocean - Returning to Seattle, Wash. from a 4 week Reserve training cruise to Acapulco, Mexico. During
this cruise the Korean war started. Gilligan was assigned to the Portland Oregon Naval Reserve Center. (Both Photos © Dick Willard)
||Dick Willard, RD3
USS Brannon (DE 446)
||circa early 1958: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Gilligan (DE 508), Marsh (DE 699),
and Goss (DE 444) moored together at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
USS George Clymer (APA 27) is moored in the background. (My grandfather, RMC Harold Jacobson, took this
picture. He served in WWII on active duty then stayed with the reserves until his retirement. He passed away last year and I found a box of his old slide photos and had them put
to a CD. I believe it was taken in Pearl Harbor and I suspect the year was 1958 but I don't know for sure. I don't know what ship he was standing on when he took this picture.
I would love to find out what ship or class it is.)
Courtesy of Tom Kermen
View the USS Gilligan (DE 508) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Gilligan
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