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|141k||22 February 1944: Newark, N.J. - Two views of the future USS Gilligan being christened and launched. In the top view, Mrs. John J. Gilligan, mother of the ship's namesake breaks the ceremonial champaigne bottle on the bow. In the lower view the ship is entering Newark Bay, her first time afloat.||S. Dale Hargrave|
Newport News, Va.
|34k||undated wartime image||DESA Archives|
|36k||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)
|530k||14 April 1951: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Gilligan (DE 508) underway off Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4085.1 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|433k||08 July 1951: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Gilligan (DE 508) docked at Vancouver.|
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4085 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
|218k||undated ship portrait||Mike Smolinski|
|527k||undated ship portrait - this appears to be a George Barber ship portrait from Marine Photos and Publishing Co. in San Diego, Cal.||Tim Rizzuto|
DE Historical Museum
USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
|498k||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.)
|View the USS Gilligan (DE 508) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Gilligan as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|View the official After Action Report of the 12 January 1945 Kamikaze attack on USS Gilligan.|
|Gilligan's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 May 1944 – 14 Jul. 1946||Lcdr. Carl Edward Bull, USNR (Baltimore, Md.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 14 Jul. 1946 - .. Apr. 1946||Lcdr. Gustave Albert Wolf, USN (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|3.) .. Apr. 1946 – 02 Jul. 1946||Lt.(jg) Claude Gregory, USN (San Francisco, Cal.)|
|7.) ~1958||Cmdr. Garnet Milton Smithson (Mount Hope, W.V.)|
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