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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 August 8 1938 - Launched May 18 1940

    Commissioned August 1 1940 - Decommissioned April 25 1946

    Stricken July 31 1968
    Sold August 16 1973 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. Covers Page 1    (1940-45)



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

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


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by George Neumann and sponsored by Frederick Horton


Locy Type




Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service, cachet by William Frederick


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus CD-Z2




Locy Type P
(3 wording removed)

"U.S. NAVY /  "




Locy Type SL


Straight-line marking from the April 29 1941 cover


Locy Type


"Stuffer" card from the Sept 14 1940 cover.


Other Information

Earned 5 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Albert Parker Niblack (July 25 1859 - August 20 1929)
Niblack was appointed to the Naval Academy September 22 1876; graduated June 10 1880; and was assigned to USS LACKAWANNA. During the decades that followed, Niblack served on many ships and held several interesting posts ashore including work with the Smithsonian Institution, duty in the Bureau of Navigation, and a tour in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He won his first command, USS IROQUOIS AT-46, February 10 1904, and subsequently commanded some of the Navy’s most famous ships including USS HARTFORD and USS OLYMPIA. He was naval attache to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany and The Netherlands, and served as a member of the General Board. When the United States entered World War I, he took command of Division 1, Atlantic Fleet, with Battleship USS ALABAMA as Flagship April 5 1917, and was appointed Rear Admiral August 31. Niblack assumed command of Squadron 2, Patrol Force, October 23 and served in this post through the Armistice. He became Director of Naval Intelligence March 1 1919, and Naval Attache in London August 6 1920. As Vice Admiral, he commanded U.S. Naval Forces in European waters January 15 1921 to June 17 1922. After commanding the 6th Naval District at Charleston, S.C., Vice Admiral Niblack retired July 25 1923. He died at Monte Carlo, Monaco August 20 1929.



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