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Creamer (DE-308)

(DE-308: dp. 1,140; l. 289'5"; b. 35'2"; dr. 11'; s. 22 k.; cpl. 198; a. 3 3"; 8 dcp., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Evarts)

William Wilson Creamer was born in York County, Pa., on 1 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.

Creamer (DE-308) was launched 23 February 1944 by Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif., and sponsored by Mrs. D. E. Creamer, mother of Ensign Creamer. Construction was cancelled on 5 September 1944 and the uncompleted ship retained at Mare Island.

Published: Mon Apr 18 17:32:00 EDT 2016