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USS Creamer (DE 308)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - J - V
Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Creamer (DE 308) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 July 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 23 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. E. Creamer, mother of Ensign Creamer
  • 05 September 1944: Construction cancelled while Incomplete
  • 25 September 1944 to 26 April 1945: Stored in ARD-21
  • 09 November 1945 to 16 November 1945: Docked in ARD-32, cut in two in prep for scrapping; scrapped onsite at Mare Island
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    Creamer 172k William Wilson Creamer was born in York County, Pa., on 01 December 1916. Enlisting in the Naval Reserve in December 1939, he completed flight training, and was commissioned ensign in December 1940. As a pilot in Torpedo Squadron 8 at the Battle of Midway, Ensign Creamer gallantly gave his life in heroically pressing home an attack against an enemy aircraft carrier in the face of overwhelming opposition. For his extraordinary heroism he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Creamer (DE 308) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 93595 from the US Naval Historical Center)

    (Note: This photo of Torpedo Squadron Eight pilots was taken in May 1942. The only pilot to survive the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was Ens. George H. Gay, Jr.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Creamer 75k 23 February 1944: Mrs. D. E. Creamer (sponsor) christens the USS Creamer (DE 308), as Mrs. Leonard W. Jones (Matron of Honor) watches.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-308-1236-44)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Creamer 94k 23 February 1944: Creamer immediately after her launching.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-308-1240-44)
    Creamer 109k 23 February 1944: Bow view of Creamer.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-308-4149-44)
    Creamer 144k 03 July 1944: Stern view of Creamer, ship in the middle. Left to right: A MK6 LCT built at Mare Island, USS Creamer (DE 308) and USS Ely (DE 309).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-308-4172-44)
    Gurnard 144k I believe this is Hunters Point and the DE in background to be DE 308 (Creamer) which was built and launched at Mare Island but never completed. There were 3 Mare Island DE's not completed and two were cut in half and pulled onto the large building ways at the yard and scrapped. It makes sense that the third one could have gone to Hunters Point for its appointment with the cutting torch. Gurnard came to Mare Island on 11/26/45 and was placed into Reserve on 11/27/45.

    Creamer History
    View the USS Creamer (DE 308) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

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