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USS Hilbert (DE 742)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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: 15 / 201
Hilbert (DE 742) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 March 1943: Keel laid by the Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 18 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Fern Hilbert Wier, sister of Aviation Ordnanceman Hilbert
  • 04 February 1944: Commissioned at Los Angeles, Cmdr. J. W. Golinkin, USNR, in command
  • 19 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 October 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    52k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    188k May 1944: The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Hilbert (DE 742), more than likely at the Naval Operating Base at Terminal Island, San Pedro, Cal., where she spent most of the month. She is wearing camouflage 31/10D. The vertical colors are dull black and ocean gray.

    (U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo #19-LCM-DE742-1, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson at USN Dazzle, from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    173k March 1972: Philadelphia, Pa. - ex-USS Hilbert (DE 742) laid up at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Ship at right is ex-USS Osberg (DE 538).

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79819, courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Hilbert History
    View the USS Hilbert (DE 742) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Hilbert as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Hilbert's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Feb. 1944 - 25 Aug. 1944Cmdr. Joseph Wilson Golinkin Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Chicago, Ill.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 25 Aug. 1944 - 13 Dec. 1944Lcdr. John B. Burnham, USNR
    3.) 13 Dec. 1944 - 18 Dec. 1945Lcdr. James William Darroch, USNR
    4.) 18 Dec. 1945 - 10 Mar. 1946Lt. Hugh L. Hubbard Jr., USNR
    5.) 10 Mar. 1946 - 19 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Thomas J. Charles, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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