MILITARY: World War II Pearl Harbor

Slide 90 of 100: The American destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour (Pearl Harbor), home of the American Pacific Fleet during World War II. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

American destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Pearl Harbor, World War II,  1937-1945

There were 402 Gillespies on Muster Rolls of Pearl Harbor


Allan E Gillespie, Naval Shipyard Dec 1, 12, 1945. Changes.


Benjamin F Gillespie, Submarine Base March 31, 1939 to June 30, 1940. See also ship Widgeon.

Briges A Gillespie. Submarine Base Dec 31, 1941. (see also Briggs A Gillespie – Aug 31, 1841 to June 30, 1943.) Notice ships, Dolphin, Jarvis & Rigal. Is this the same man?


Charles President Gillespie, Ammunition Depot Nov 30, 1944 to Feb 28, 1945. Changes.


George Kimpton Gillespie, on ship Reid, mainly 1942 to 1944.(middle name also given as Nimpton)

Gordon  Gillespie on ship Dewey 1940

Gordon Dowds Gillespie on ship Selfridge 1939 to 1940


Joseph W Gillespie on California 1940


Leonard Albert Gillespie at 14th Naval District Headquarters Aug 31, 1943.

Loren D Gillespie on ship Tangiers, no date

Loren Dale Gillespie, 14th Naval District headquarters 1943, 1944, 1945

Loren H Gillespie Receiving station Pearl Harbour 1941, Jan 31.

Louis A Gillespie Pearl Harbour Naval Hospital Feb 28, 1942.

Louis A Gillespie, Squadron VJ-1, 1942

Louis A Gillespie on ship Ontario 1942.

Louis A Gillespie on ship Medusa 1942 Sept.

Luther B Gillespie Receiving Station Pearl Harbour 1941

Luther Cecil Gillespie, on ship Nevada 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944

Luther O Gillespie, Receiving Station Pearl Harbour 1941, Aug 31


Paul V Gillespie Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard 1942, 1945

Paul V Gillespie on ship NAS Kaneohe Bay 1945

Paul V Gillespie, NAS Pearl Harbour 1942, 1943

Paul Vernon Gillespie 14th Naval District HQ. 1942, Oct 31

Percy C Gillespie, on ship Whitney 1940 Oct 31.


Ralph L Gillespie, NAS Pearl Harbour, March 31, 1941, Sept 30, 1941.

REVIE, Isabella Gillespie on ship NAS Kaneohe Bay 1945, March 31

Richard G Gillespie on ship Reid, 1943 July 25

Richard G Gillespie on ship Regulus July 25, 1943

Richard Graham Gillespie on ship Raleigh 1942, 1943.

Richard R Gillespie on ship NAS Kaneohe Bay 1944, 1945

Robert C Gillespie on ship Whitney April 30, 1939

Robert E Gillespie on ship Solace 1942, March 15

Robert H Gillespie on ship Dobbin, no date.

Robert O Gillespie on ship Raleigh 1944, 1945

Roland Andrew Gillespie on ship Cassir 1944, Feb 5

Roy Payne Gillespie on ship ‘Vestal’ 1945, Aug 1


Samuel M Gillespie on ship Rigel March 31, 1939

Shelby A Gillespie on ship Dolphin June 30, 1941

SMARTT, Joseph Gillespie, Squadron VP-11


TEMPLAT, Gillespie J, on ship Solace 1942, Nov 15.

William Gillespie, Ammunition Depot 1946, Jan 3

William Brooke Gillespie on ship Paterson 1943, Dec 3

William Gordon Gillespie on ship Honolulu 1939, 1940

William G Gillespie on ship Dale July 3, 1940.

William Jordan Gillespie, Ammunition Depot, 1945, 1946

William L Gillespie, Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard,1943, 1944

William Lawson Gillespie, Squadron, 1942, June 30

WIESNER, William Gillespie on ship Detroit 1944, 1945

Slide 27 of 100: Three stricken US battleships. Left to right, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arizona after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in World War II, 1941. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

Three stricken U.S. battleships — West Virginia (L), Tennessee (C) and Arizona — after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Gillespies Assigned to Ships at Pearl Harbour . No Gillespie is listed on the casualty list following the  Japanese attack on Dec 7, 1941

Ship                                                    Sailor

ANTARES          Devid W Gillespie, Oct 3, 1939                                                     (spelling as given, not error)


AYLWIN             David William Gillespie, Aug 2, 1942-                                       Sept 1943. See also the Arizona.

Minor damage to propeller

AVOCAT             Allin Virget Keye Gillespie Dec 31,             Undamaged   1943. Jan 30, 1944; Sept 19, 1944                                               Changes. (name also Wirgel)

ARGONNE       Dale Dennis Gillespie Aug 1 to Oct 1,                                        1945 changes.

No comment. Moored at berth B-5

ARIZONA        David William Gillespie. Dec 31,             SUNK                1940 to June  1941.  (No Gillespie is                                           listed as dying on the USS Arizona                                               Memorial in Pearl Harbor)


CALIFORNIA       Joseph W Gillespie


CASSEN              Roland Andrew Gillespie

Considered Lost, sunk

DETROIT                     William Wiennan Gillespie


DEWEY                       Gordon D Gillespie


DOBBIN                     Robert H Gillespie

Minor Damage

DOLPHIN                    Shelly A Gillespie

Undamaged               Briggs A Gillespie, May 31, 1941                                                  changes

FARRAGUT                James Henry Gillespie – news


HULL                           Charles Allen Gillespie March 31,                                                1941 to Dec 31, 1942. Nine Changes                                         in that period.

Very minor damage from a bomb near-miss

Helen                         Frank Anthony Gillespie

HELENA was seriously damaged. No Helen listed that day

HONOLULU                 William G Gillespie

Minor damage from a bomb near-miss

JARVIS                 Briggs A Gillespie, March 31, 1939-         undamaged     July 31, 1940

Mediesa             Passengers Nov 14, 1945 Charles A                                             Gillespie

MEDUSA – undamaged. No listing for Mediesa that day

NAS Kannehe Bay  Paul V Gillespie; Richard R                                                              Gillespie;

Absent or not listed on that day

NAS Pearl Harbor   Ralph C Gillespie

Not listed as present that day

NEVADA                      Frank A Gillespie; Luther Cecil            Seriously damaged          Gillespie

NEW ORLEANS   Albert Colloway Gillespie March        Minor damage           31,  1939 to  Dec 31, 1942.Sept 30, 1943.

OKLAHOMA            Broen H Gillespie June 30, 1940

SUNK                           Loren H Gillespie

ONTARIO             Louis A Gillespie

Not damaged

PATTERSON               William B Gillespie


PHOENIX                   Frank Gillespie; Jackie Joe Gillespie


RALEIGH                  Alvin M Gillespie March 31, 1939                                               to   Sept 30, 1941.

Richard Gillespie

Damaged by torpedo

Regelies                  Jack T Gillespie

Not listed that day

Regulus                   Richard Gillespie

Not listed that day

REID                           George K Gillespie, Richard Gillespie


RIGEL                     Briggs A Gillespie (see also submarine  minor damage from bomb near-miss    base notes)                                           July 31 & Nov 30, 1940

SELFRIDGE                Gordon D Gillespie


SOLACE              Albert C Gillespie Nov 30, 1941 &                                              Dec 31, 1941 Report of Changes;                                                Edward G Gillespie Feb 4 & 5, 1943.


Squadron                William Lawson Gillespie

Squadron P-11    Joseph Smart Gillespie

SUMNER                  1941 changes

Minor injuries to gun crew

SUNNADIN               John Joseph Gillespie

No comment made

TANGIER                   Loren D Gillespie

Minor damage from several bomb near-misses

TRACY           Edward Sears Gillespie, June 30,                                                  1943-June 30, 1944. Also District                                              Activity, Bishops Pt, Section Base, Aug                                      31, 1941.


UTAH                          Homes B Gillespie


WEST VIRGINIA      Alvin L Gillespie Oct 31 & Nov 30,   SUNK                       1940. (Name also Nay L. Gillespie)

WHITNEY                   Robert C Gillespie


WIDGEON         Benjamin F Gillespie, June 30, 1939 to                                      Dec 31, 1940

                                    B. K. Gilllespie, May 31, 1941                                                          ‘changes’


Record Count:  93

Note: Gillespie sailors were on the ship USS Gillespie, but it was not at Pearl Harbor during the attack. They left many War Diaries for the period 1942-1945. See the website Footnote.