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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.

    Buckley Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid July 26 1943 - Launched and Christened November 6 1943

    Commissioned April 4 1944 - Decommissioned January 31 1947
    Recommissioned September 11 1950 - Decommissioned May 16 1959

  2. WISEMAN DE-667
    Placed In Service as Group I NRT ship, 11th Naval District at San Diego, Cal.

    Recommissioned October 2 1961 - Decommissioned August 1 1962

  4. WISEMAN DE-667
    Placed back In Service as a unit of ResDesDiv 272 at San Diego, Cal.
    Placed Out of Service April 15 1973

    Struck from Naval Register April 15 1973
    Sold April 29 1974 for scrap
    Removed from Navy custody May 22 1974

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. Covers Page 1     (1946-54)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

1st Commissioning April 4 1944 to January 31 1947


Locy Type




Locy Type



2nd Commissioning September 11 1950 to May 16 1959


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type



3rd Commissioning October 2 1961 to August 1 1962


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - two National Defense Service Medals - Korean Service Medal (w/ 6 Battle stars) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant (j.g.) Osborne Beeman Wiseman, USN (February 20 1915 – June 4 1942)
     Wiseman was born in Zanesville, Ohio and was appointed to the Naval Academy on 22 June 1934, graduating on 2 June 1938. After sea duty in Saratoga (CV 3) and Roe (DD 418), Wiseman was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Fla., for flight training. Detached on 17 March 1941, having won his wings, Wiseman joined Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, embarked in SARATOGA. After that carrier was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine 1-25 off Oahu on 11 January 1942 and sent to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash., for repairs and alterations, her aviation units were transferred ashore to operate from Ford Island. When YORKTOWN (CV 5) returned to Pearl Harbor for repair of the damage sustained early in May at the Battle of the Coral Sea, her units were transferred from the ship and replaced by some of Saratoga's old units; Bombing Squadron 3, Torpedo Squadron 3, and Fighting Squadron 3. Wiseman reported on board YORKTOWN in time to take part in the pivotal Battle of Midway.
     On the first day of the carrier action, 4 June, Lt. (jg.) Wiseman flew two sorties; one against the carrier SORYU that morning and one against HIRYU that afternoon. The latter, by that point, was the last of the four enemy flattops afloat, and the strike in which Wiseman participated proved to be the coup de grace administered to that ship. Japanese "Zero" fighters, however, swarmed over the Dauntlesses of VB-3 and VB-6, exacting some measure of revenge for the pounding administered to HIRYU. In that melee, Wiseman's plane was shot down. Neither he nor his gunner were seen again. Having played a major part in turning the tide of the war in the Pacific, Lt. (jg.) Wiseman was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously, for his heroism and devotion to duty.



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