Douglas Wiley Gillette, born 10 September 1918 in Wilmington, N.C., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 5 March 1936. After serving at Norfolk, in McDongal, and after studying at the Naval Academy and Northwestern University, he was commissioned Ensign 12 September 1941. Ordered to active duty in carrier Hornet 17 November 1941, he was appointed Lieutenant (j.g.) (temporary). He was killed in enemy action in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands 26 October 1942 while serving in Hornet.
(DB-270: dp. 1,140; l. 289'5" ; b. 35'1" ; dr. 11'; s. 21 k.; cpl. 156; a. 3 3", 8 dcp., 1 dcp: (h.h.), 2 dct.; cl. Evarts)
The first Gillette (DE-270) was built by the Boston Navy Yard; .sponsored by Mrs. Thomas O'Dea; and commissioned 8 September 1943. Leased to the United Kingdom eight days later and renamed HMS Foley (q.v.), she was returned to the United States after World War II and scrapped 19 June 1946.