John Frink McGillis, USN

Born  18 May 1910Seattle, Washington, USA
Died  11 Oct 2002(92)Santa Cruz, California, USA

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31 May 1934 Ens.
31 May 1937 Lt.(jg)
1 Jul 1941 Lt.
1 Mar 1943 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Feb 1944 T/Cdr.

Retired: 1964


Warship Commands listed for John Frink McGillis, USN

USS Walke (ii) (DD 723)T/Cdr.Destroyer12 Feb 194517 Apr 1947 (1)

Career information

John Frink McGillis was born in Seattle, Washington on May 18, 1910 and died in Santa Cruz, California on October 11, 2002. He graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington in 1928. He entered the United States Naval Academy of Annapolis, MD and graduated 1934. Spending 30 years in the United States Navy, he served on the USS Saratoga, USS Hall, USS Indianapolis and was C.O. of the USS Walke during World War 2. He received the Bronze Star with Combat V. Before retirement he had two more ship assignments DE Squadron Commander with the Atlantic Fleet assigned to the USS Huse, and in 1956-1957 as Skipper of Troop Transport USS Taladega. As his final tour as duty, he headed the Naval Mission to Bogota, Colombia.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer USS Walke (ii) (DD 723)

4 Apr 1945
USS Walke completes her repairs at the Mare Island Navy Yard.

10 May 1945
USS Walke arrived in the Okinawa area.

24 Jul 1945
USS Walke departed from the Okinawa area bound for Leyte, Philippines.

28 Jul 1945
USS Walke arrived at Leyte, Philippines.

14 Aug 1945
USS Walke departed from Leyte, Philippines to join TF 38 in Japanese waters.

18 Aug 1945
USS Walke joins TG 38.3 in Japanese waters.

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