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USS William Johnson

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
World War I Victory Medal

Mersey Class Trawler:
  • Built by Cochrane and Sons, Ltd., Selby, England (YN 850)
  • Launched, 22 August 1918
  • Completed, 22 November 1918
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy, spring 1919
  • Commissioned USS William Johnson at Grimsby, England, 28 May 1919
  • Decommissioned and returned to Admiralty at Brightlingsea, 08 October 1919
  • Registered at London (ON 143884), 25 November 1919
  • Sold to Pickering & Haldane's Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., Hull, renamed Lord Birkenhead, 1921
  • Registered to Crampin Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., Grimsby, 1929
  • Final disposition, wrecked 10 miles ESE from North Rona, Inner Hebrides, 09 June 1933
  • Displacement 324 gross registered tons
  • Length 138' 5"
  • Beam 23' 7"
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 25
  • Armament: Small arms
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one triple-expansion steam engine (13-23-37 x 26), one shaft, 480ihp
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    William Johnson
    111k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment" Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Valerious Venner Black, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)28 May 1919
    02LT Albert Charles Fraenzel, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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