Robert Kenneth Wilmes in the US Navy during World War II

Robert Wilmes received his Final Discharge on March 12, 2011...

The story told by the contents of a sailor's sea chest

At induction, barely 19 years old

Below, the liner Lurline as a troop ship, leaving Sydney

Dawn was built in 1920 by Moore Ship. building Co., Oakland, Calif. as Vacuum, transferred to the Navy 25 December 1944 at Brisbane, Australia; and commissioned the next day, Lieutenant Commander H. V. Perron in command. Dawn sailed from Brisbane, Australia 7 January 1945 to complete her outfitting at Hollandia, New Guinea from 17 to 24 January. She carried gasoline to Leyte, arriving 2 February, and provided floating gasoline storage in the Philippines until 11 November when she got underway for San Diego, arriving 1 January 1946. A week later she sailed for Norfolk arriving February. Dawn was decommissioned 12 April 1946 and returned to the War Shipping Administration the same day. Specs vary according to source: Length: 425' (438'5") Beam: 57' Draft: 27' (27'6") Speed: 10.3 knots (9) Crew: 107 Armament: 1-4", 1-3" For information on the IX ships go here.

Machinist Mate Wilmes on the right

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