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USS Gilmer (APD-11)
USS Gilmer (DD-233) (1920 - 1942)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Romeo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation - Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Purple Hearts (1-KIA, 3-WIA) 26 March 1945, Okinawa
Clemson Class Destroyer:
Laid Down, 25 June 1918, at New York Shipbuilding Co. Camden, N.J.
Launched, 24 May 1919
Commissioned USS Gilmer (Destroyer No. 233), 30 April 1920, LTjg. Harold J. Wright in command
Designated (DD-233) 17 July 1920
Decommissioned and laid up, 31 August 1938, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Recommissioned, 25 September 1939
Converted to a High-speed Transport at Seattle, WA. and redesignated (APD-11), 22 January 1943
During World War II USS Gilmer was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Eastern New Guinea operations
Lae occupation, 4 September 1943
Finschhafen occupation, 29 December 1943
Saidor occupation, 2 January 1944
23 June to 12 August 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 December 1943
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 to 24 February 1945
Humboldt Bay, 22 April to 12 May 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 9 April 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June 1944
While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Gilmer came under the command of TransDiv Sixteen
While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Gilmer came under the command of TransDiv One Hundred-Two,
CDR. J.N. Hughes, USN (31)
Following World War II USS Gilmer was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 15 October 1945||22 October to 26 November 1945
|28 to 29 November 1945||
Decommissioned, 5 February 1946, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
USS Gilmer earned the Navy Unit Commendation in addition to seven battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 3 December 1946
Displacement 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(lim)
Length 314' 4"
Beam 30' 8"
Draft 12' 3" (lim)
Speed 31.6 kts.
Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
three single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge rack
four depth charge projectors
NSFO 2,800 Bbls
Diesel 50 Bbls
two Westinghouse geared turbines
two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 26,500 shp
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||Forward plan view of USS Gilmer (APD 11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 27 November 1944. Gilmer was in the shipyard for overhaul from 23 September until 29 November 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7219-44
||Aft plan view of USS Gilmer (APD 11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 27 November 1944. Gilmer was in the shipyard for overhaul from 23 September until 29 November 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7220-44
||USS Gilmer (APD 11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 27 November 1944. Note details of 3"/50 Dual Purpose Guns, conical stacks, and
LCPR landing craft.
US National Archives, Photo # 19-N-76938, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
USS Gilmer (DD-233 / APD-11)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|American APD Corporation
Four Stack APD Veterans
Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
Phone:: 858 427-6696
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
"The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
Last Updated 19 May 2018
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