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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 16 1942 - Launched February 28 1943

    Commissioned April 9 1943 - Decommissioned December 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1972
    Sold December 3 1973 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1     (1943-45)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
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Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Kearny NJ


Quad-Launching with USS THORN DD-647, USS TURNER DD-648 and USS KIDD DD-661
Green cachet by George Neumann


Locy Type


Quad-Launching with USS THORN DD-647, USS TURNER DD-648 and USS KIDD DD-661
Brown cachet by George Neumann


Locy Type




Locy Type

(Br. #16067)




Other Information

BULLARD earned 9 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - William Hannum Grubb Bullard USN (December 6 1866 - November 24 1927)
Bullard was appointed a Midshipman from the 6th District of Pennsylvania on September 28 1882. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on June 9 1886, Midshipman Bullard reported to his first ship, ATLANTA (Protected Cruiser) on July 12, just one week before that steel warship commissioned. Bullard then saw service along the east coast of the United States as the cruiser, one of the first warships of the "New Navy" of the 1880s, operated with the North Atlantic Squadron. On June 23 1888, he transferred to Coast Survey Steamer GEDNEY and, after taking the exam at the Naval Academy that summer, was commissioned Ensign from July 1. Detached from GEDNEY on August 15 1890, Bullard reported to USS PHILADELPHIA C-4 on the 27th, where he served as watch and division officer. Detached from the warship on September 1 1892, he received an electrical course at the Naval Academy between September 5 and October 29 before reporting for duty at the Bureau of Equipment on November 1 1892. Over the next three years, Bullard gave instruction at the Naval Academy, and served in gunboat BANCROFT and screw sloop-of-war LANCASTER, reporting to the latter on March 5 1896. He was commissioned Lieutenant, junior grade, from September 5 1896. Bullard then served in USS COLUMBIA C-12 and Training Ship MONONGAHELA, and was commissioned Lieutenant from March 3 1899. Bullard then travelled to the Asiatic Station and reported for duty in gunboat USS PRINCETON PG-13 on August 4 1900. After service as Navigation Officer he detached October 20 1902 for transit back to the United States for temporary duty at the Naval Academy the following year. During this time he wrote an electrical engineering handbook, Naval Electrician's Text and Handbook, which was published in 1904. Reporting to Training Ship SEVERN as Executive Officer on May 2 1904, Bullard served in the bark for three months as that ship decommissioned. After another tour at the Naval Academy, Bullard then reported to USS GALVESTON C-17 on February 15 1905, then at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia. While enroute, Bullard was commissioned Lieutenant Commander from January 1 1905. Detached from GALVESTON on May 20 1905, Bullard served in USS MAINE BB-10 as Navigator and then as Executive Officer. On August 1 1907, Bullard reported to the Naval Academy for duty as an instructor. He was commissioned Commander from February 1 1909. Starting on May 14 1909, Bullard commanded USS CHICAGO during decommissioning, detaching on August 24 when that warship went into reserve. After briefly commanding USS IOWA BB-4 during summer battle practice during the summer of 1910, Bullard received his first permanent command on August 21 1911 when he reported to USS SAN FRANCISCO C-5, then at Norfolk. He was commissioned Captain from July 1 1912. Following the Naval Review at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in October, Bullard reported to the Navy Department for duty as Superintendent, Naval Radio Service, Radio Station, Arlington, Virginia, on November 14 1912. The following spring, he assisted the Department of Commerce during an International Conference on radio use to promote safety at sea. On December 20 1915, Bullard represented the Navy Department at a conference to write regulations and instructions for the operations of the Coast Guard. Four days later he took on the responsibilities of a delegate to the Second Pan American Scientific Congress in Washington, DC, with his focus the use of radio. Detached as Superintendent of the Radio Service on 24 June 1916, Bullard took command of battleship USS ARKANSAS BB-33 on July 7, then in the New York Navy Yard for overhaul. Following the declaration of war on the Central Powers on April 6 1917, ARKANSAS carried out patrol duty along the east coast as part of Battleship Division 7 and trained gun crews for duty in armed merchantmen. In July 1918, the battleship sailed to Rosyth, Scotland, to relieve USS DELAWARE BB-28, where she operated in the 6th Battle Squadron as part of the British Grand Fleet. Shortly after arrival, Bullard was detached August 31 for duty at the U.S. Naval Base at Malta. He received a wartime promotion to Rear Admiral on July 1 1918. He then served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Eastern Mediterranean between November 3 1918 and January 5 1919, helping put into effect the surrender of the Austro-Hungarian Fleet in the Adriatic Sea. Bullard then travelled to Paris, France, for a Naval Radio Conference at the Inter-Allied Commission meeting site. Returning to New York in Liner OLYMPIC in March 1919, he reported for duty as Director of Naval Communications, Navy Department, Washington, DC, on April 7. Two of his significant accomplishments that summer was to prevent the sale "to foreign interests" of the patent rights to a radio-oriented alternator and to encourage the establishment of the future Radio Corporation of America. He was commissioned, regular, Rear Admiral from October 20 1919. Detached from communications duty on July 11 1921, Admiral Bullard traveled to Manila, Philippine Islands, via San Francisco to assume command of the Yangtze Patrol Force, Asiatic Fleet, on October 12 of that year. He traveled to Peking, China, in November for special duty in connection with his command, and visited the upper Yangtze River in May 1922 to investigate how to improve radio communications among the station gunboats. Detached from the Yangtze Patrol Force on July 26 1922, Admiral Bullard proceeded home to Washington, DC, at his own expense, arriving home via commercial transportation on September 25. Admiral Bullard was relieved from all active duty and placed on the retired list on September 30 1922. He then served as chairman of the Federal Radio Commission until his death in Washington, DC, on November 24 1927. On December 30 1941, Admiral Harold R. Stark, then Chief of Naval Operations, wrote a memorandum to Chief, Bureau of Navigation, recommending that a destroyer be named "in honor of the memory of Rear Admiral W. H. G. Bullard." In the memorandum Admiral Stark noted "Admiral Bullard's well-known contributions to the naval and national communications set-up are historical, and, in addition, his service record was outstanding."



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