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USS Jack W. Wilke (DE 800)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - M - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Jack W. Wilke (DE 800) Building and Operational Data:
  • 18 October 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 18 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joe H. Wilke, mother of Ens. Wilke
  • 07 March 1944: Commissioned at City Docks, Orange, Tex., Lcdr. Robert D. Lowther in command
  • 24 May 1960: Decommissioned at Key West, Fla. after 16.2 years of service
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 04 March 1974: Sold for scrap to the Union Metals & Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y.
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    Jack W. Wilke 60k circa 1950: Key West, Fla. - USS Jack W. Wilke (DE 800) at the pier in Key West.
    (Photo #MM00008483x from the Key West Art and Historical Society Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Jack W. Wilke 71k 20 June 1952: as trials ship for the Operational Development Force
    Jack W. Wilke 43k February 1960: Key West, Florida Fred Weiss
    Jack W. Wilke 136k undated post-war image Robert Hurst
    Jack W. Wilke 171k undated post-war image Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendant
    USS Slater Memorial

    Jack W. Wilke History
    View the USS Jack W. Wilke (DE 800) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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