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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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    Gilligan 36kb 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
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    Gilligan Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    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
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