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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 11 February 1941 - Launched 22 November 1941

    Commissioned 4 March 1942
    SUNK by Japanese Aircraft 7 April 1943 off Guadalcanal
    27 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Aaron Ward DD-483 Covers Page 1     (1942)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 2 March 1942 - Disestablished 7 April 1943


Locy Type
FDC 3z (BTB)


First Day in Commission, Censored, WWII use


Other Information

USS AARON WARD earned 3 Battle Stars for her WWII service.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Aaron Ward, USN (10 October 1851 - 5 July 1918)

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS Aaron Ward DD-132, USS Aaron Ward DD-483 and USS Aaron Ward DD-773/DM-34



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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