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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 31 October 1943
    Launched 9 April 1944 as Destroyer "DD-772"
    Redesignated Robert H. Smith Class Light Minelayer (DM) 19 July 1944

  1. USS GWIN DM-33
  2. Commissioned 30 September 1944 - Decommissioned 3 September 1946
    Recommissioned 8 July 1952 - Decommissioned 3 April 1958

  3. USS GWIN MMD-33
  4. Reclassified Fast Minelayer (MMD) 1 January 1969, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 22 October 1971

  6. Sold to Turkey 15 August 1971 and renamed
    Heavily damaged 2 October 1992 by Sea Sparrow Missile fired by accident by USS Saratoga CV-60 during NATO exercise

    Stricken 1993 and broken up for scrap

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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Gwin DM-33 Covers Page 1    (1946-1953)



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

1st Commissioning 30 September 1944 to 3 September 1946


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-40




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-40b




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-40c



2nd Commissioning 8 July 1952 to 3 April 1958


Locy Type
2r (B)




Locy Type




Other Information

USS GWIN earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS GWIN DM-33 was at Tokyo Bay 2 September 1945 for the Japanese surrender.

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant Commander William Gwin, USN (6 December 1832 – 3 January 1863).
Lt Cmdr. Gwin was an officer in The United States Navy during The American Civil War. One of the most promising officers in the nation, with extensive command and combat experience.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Jesse W. Tarbill, second cousin and sponsor of the previous USS Gwin DD-433, Mrs. Jesse T. Lippincott.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Gwin TB-16, USS Gwin DD-71, USS Gwin DD-433 and USS Gwin DM-33.



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