GRAY FF 1054

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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.

    Knox Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 19 November 1966 - Launched 3 November 1967

  1. USS GRAY DE-1054
  2. Commissioned 4 April 1970

  3. USS GRAY FF-1054
  4. Reclassified Frigate (FF) 30 June 1975
    Decommissioned 29 June 1991

    Struck from Naval Register 11 January 1995
    Sold 25 July 2001 for scrap

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Gray DE-1054 / FF-1054 Covers Page 1     (1970-1974)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS,"DE")


DE-1054. First Day in Commission, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2(n+) (DE,USS)


DE-1054. 5th Anniversary, cover by Frederick L. Karcher


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS, DE)




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS, FF)


FF-1054. Ships cachet. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (FF,USS)


FF-1054. Official Ships Cachet, Port Visit to Seattle WA


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (FF,USS)


FF-1054. First Day of Use - New Cachet, cover by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS,"DE")


FF-1054. Ships cachet. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


FF-1054. Official Ships Cachet, Port Visit to Seattle WA


Other Information

USS GRAY earned the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 Campaign stars, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - "Ross Franklin Gray (1 August 1920 - 27 February 1945) was born in Marvel Valley, Alabama. After leaving school and working as a carpenter, Gray enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve from that state in July 1942 and underwent recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He then joined the Twenty-Third Marines, Fourth Marine Division. In Spring 1943, he was promoted to Private First Class and transferred to Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines. Following participation in the Marshalls and Marianas Campaigns in 1944, Gray was promoted to Sergeant and received training in the laying and clearing of minefields.
    With his unit, he next took part in the bitter battle for Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, northeast of Airfield Number One, Gray cleared a path through heavily mined area then, while continually under fire, attacked and destroyed six Japanese emplacements with satchel charges. As the intense fight for Iwo Jima continued, Sergeant Gray was killed by an enemy shell on 27 February 1945. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life" during the 21 February action, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Ross F. Gray is buried at Ada Chapel Cemetery, West Blocton, Alabama." {DANFS}



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