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USS Gillis (AVD-12)
USS Gillis (DD-260) (1920 - 1941)
USS Gillis (Destroyer # 260) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Romeo - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 20 July 1943) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Gillis (Destroyer # 260) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 29 May 1919
  • Commissioned USS Gillis (Destroyer # 260), 3 September 1919, at Boston, LCDR. Webb Trammell in command
  • Reclassified DD-260 in the Navy's fleet-wide assignment of alphanumeric hull numbers, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 26 May 1922, laid up in reserve at the Destroyer Base, San Diego, CA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve, commissioned in ordinary, 28 June 1940
  • Redesignated AVD-12, 2 August 1940
  • Placed in full commission as USS Gillis (AVD-12), 25 March 1941
  • During World War II USS Gillis 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, 1 to 2 June 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 28 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 October 1945, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1945
  • USS Gillis earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 January 1946.
    Displacement; 1,190 t.
    Length; 314' 5"
    Beam; 31' 8"
    Draft; 9' 3"
    Speed; 35 kts.
    Complement; 130
    Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 5"/50 gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion; geared turbines, 26,500shp, two propellers

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    Gillis 61k USS Gillis (AVD-12) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Gillis 92k USS Gillis (AVD-12) underway, location unknown. The photo is dated 14 February 1941. The ship appears to be painted in Camouflage Measure One.
    US National Archives photo #80-G-13141, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Gillis 120k USS Gillis (AVD-12) tending Higgins type motor torpedo boats (PTs) of Motor Torpedo Squadron 13, in Casco Cove, Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutians, 21 June 1943. Note the PBY Catalina flying boat astern of Gillis.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-9454 (Color), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Gillis 132k USS Gillis (AVD-12) leaving the auxiliary floating drydock USS ARD-6 at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 11 April 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-386650, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Gillis (DD-260 / AVD-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    04LCDR. Garion, Norman Francis? - 1941
    05CDR. Ray, Herman LamarOctober 1942 - May 1942
    06LCDR. Jacobsen, Reuben1941 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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