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USS Gillis (AVD-12)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Gillis (DD-260) (1920 - 1941)
USS Gillis (Destroyer # 260) (1919 - 1920)
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Withdrawn from reserve, commissioned in ordinary, 28 June 1940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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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.
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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||USS Gillis (AVD-12) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Gillis (AVD-12) underway, location unknown. The photo is dated 14 February 1941. The ship appears to be painted in Camouflage Measure One.
||Photo - Paul Rebold
Caption - Robert Hurst
||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 Historical Center
USS Gillis (DD-260 / AVD-12)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|04||LCDR. Garion, Norman Francis||? - 1941|
|05||CDR. Ray, Herman Lamar||October 1942 - May 1942|
|06||LCDR. Jacobsen, Reuben||1941 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 5 April 2013
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