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USS Williamson (AVD-2) (1940 - 1943)
USS Williamson (AVP-15) (1938 - 1940)
USS Williamson (DD-244) (1920 - 1938 / 1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - November - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, June 1942, 15 May 1943) - American Defense Service Medal
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 27 March 1919, as Williamson (Destroyer # 244) at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 16 October 1919
  • Reclassified DD-244 in the Navy's fleet-wide assignment of alphanumeric hull numbers, 17 July 1920
  • Commissioned USS Williamson (DD-244), 29 October 1920, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, LCDR. J, C. Cunningham in command
  • Converted to a Seaplane Tender, at Navy Yard Philadelphia, circa 1938-39
  • Reclassified Seaplane Tender, Small AVP-15, 1 July 1938
  • Reclassified Seaplane Tender, Destroyer AVD-2, 2 August 1940
  • Redesignated AVD (Escort Type), 3 January 1943
  • Reclassified Destroyer DD-244, 1 December 1943
  • During World War II USS Williamson was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Aleutians operation
    Attu occupation, 11 to 30 May 1943
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 to 26 February 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 20 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 8 November 1945, at Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 October 1946
  • USS Williamson earned four battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 November 1948
    1943 - 1945 Specifications:
    Displacement 1,095t.(lt) 1,730t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 31' 8"
    Draft 14' 1"
    Speed 30.9 kts. (trial)
    Officers 11
    Enlisted 127
    4 LCP(L) landing craft
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 1,675 Bbls
    Diesel 711 Bbls
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two White Forester boilers, 265psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    2 turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Williamson 45k USS Williamson (AVD-2) preparing to get underway, circa 1940-43, location unknown.  

    USS Williamson (DD-244 / AVP-15 / AVD-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Cunningham, J. C.29 October 1920 - 1922DD-244
    02CDR. Ellis, Herbert AloysiusDecember 1926 - May 1929DD-244
    03CDR. Merrill, Aaron Stanton (Tip) :VADMJune 1929 - ?DD-244
    07LCDR. Wallace, Kenneth Reuben RansonJune 1934DD-244
    09CDR. Perry, John A. :RADM? - 31 October 1939AVP-15
    10LCDR. Regan, Herbert Edward :RADM31 October 1939 - January 1941AVP-15 / AVD-2
    11LCDR. Kivette, Frederick Norman :VADMJanuary 1941 - 10 August 1942AVD-2
    12LCDR. Fickling, Evan Edwards10 August 1942 - 14 November 1942AVD-2
    13LCDR. Madden, George Bernard14 November 1942 - February 1943AVD-2
    14LCDR. Pridmore, James ArthurFebruary 1943 - November 1944AVD-2
    15LT. Ayer, William HuntingtonNovember 1944 - ?AVD-2
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos by Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Williamson - AVP-15)
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