JOHN L WILLIAMSON DE 370
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid 22 May 1944 - Launched 29 August 1944
Seaman First Class John L. Williamson, USN
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- USS John L. Williamson DE-370 Covers Page 1 (1945-1946)
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Locy Type 2#
Ship carried only security devices Types 2z, 2#, and 9#
Locy Type 9#
Registered, Censored Sailors mail. From the Bob Govern collection.
USS JOHN L. WILLIAMSON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia Clasp during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - Seaman 1st Class John Leon Williamson, USN (5 November 1921 - 12 November 1942)
Williamson was born in Ash, N.C., enlisted in the Navy at Raleigh 11 July 1940. After recruit training, he was assigned to Heavy Cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38. Williamson was on board the fighting cruiser during the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 and the initial American amphibious assault of the war on Guadalcanal. He also took part in the American victory at the night Battle of Cape Esperance in October. On 12 November 1942 one of the many Japanese attempts to bombard American positions in the Solomons and to reinforce their own garrisons there resulted another great battle, the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Before the main engagement, USS SAN FRANCISCO and other ships were attacked by torpedo bombers off Guadalcanal. Williamson, an antiaircraft gunner fired at an approaching torpedo plane, remaining at his station with cool determination as the enemy aircraft crashed directly at his gun mount. For his great courage in the face of this attack, Seaman First Class Williamson was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
The ships sponsor was Mrs. Sherman Register, sister of Seaman 1st Class Williamson.
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