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USS GILLIS (DD-260 / AVD-12)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NERR

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy on December 27 1918.
Launched May 29 1919 and commissioned September 3 1919.
Decommissioned May 26 1922, Recommissioned June 28 1940.
Converted to Seaplane Tender AVD-12 August 2 1940.
Decommissioned October 15 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold January 29 1946 to NASSCO, Treasure Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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James Henry Gillis

James P. Gillis

Named for John P. Gillis and James Henry Gillis.

James Henry Gillis, born 14 May 1831 in Ridgway, Pa., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1854. Three years later, while serving in store ship Supply he rescued the crew of a floundered Argentine ship during a violent storm. During the Civil War he served with Union Squadrons blockading the Confederacy and subsequently commanded Michigan, Franklin (Flagship European Station), Lackawanna, Minnesota, and Hartford (Flagship Pacific Station). Appointed Rear Admiral in 1888, he retired on 14 May 1893. Known as the "Sailor with a charmed life" because he never lost a man at sea, Rear Admiral Gillis died 6 December 1910 at Melbourne Beach, Fla. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

John P. Gillis, born 6 September 1803 in Wilmington, Del., was appointed Midshipman in 1825. He served with distinction in the Mexican War at the capture of Tuspan and in 1853-54 sailed with Commodore Perry's expedition to open Japan to the West. During the Civil War he commanded Monticello, Seminole, and Ossipee in the Union blockade and subsequently was on duty at New York until retiring in 1866. Commodore Gillis died 25 February 1873 in the city of his birth. Image from the Historical Society of Delaware.
Bill Gonyo
Gillis 42kUndated, appears to be a painting or post card image of the Gillis.Paul Rebold
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
gillis 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Gillis 132kUSS Gillis (DD-260) 1929 in San Diego. Photo by Lieutenant Commander Don P. Moon. Copied from John D. Alden’s book Flush Decks And Four Pipes.Paul Rebold
Gillis 98kUSS Gillis (DD-260) laid up at San Diego, California, circa 1929. Note the ship's rusty condition. Photographed by Lieutenant Commander Don P. Moon. USN. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, Photo No. NH 78286.Mike Green

USS GILLIS DD-260 / AVD-12 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Webb Trammell    Sep 3 1919 - May 12 1921

LCDR John Calvin Jennings    May 12 1921 - Nov 24 1921

LCDR Robert Heweston Skelton    Nov 24 1921 - May 26 1922

Decommissioned May 26 1922 - Jun 28 1940

LCDR John Postell Heath    Jun 28 1940 - Mar 28 1942

(As AVD-12)

LCDR Norman Farquhar Garton    Mar 28 1942 - Aug 21 1942

LCDR Herman Lamar Ray    Aug 21 1942 - May 4 1943

LCDR William Wilson Fitts    May 4 1943 - Jan 2 1944

LCDR Reuben Jacobsen    Jan 2 1944 - Jan 10 1945

LCDR James Charles Sullivan Jr.    Jan 10 1945 - Sep 19 1945

LT Carl Samuel Goodbody    Sep 19 1945 - Oct 15 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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