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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 December 12 1943 as DD-773
    Launched May 5 1944
    Reclassified Robert H. Smith Class Light Minelayer (DM) July 19 1944

    Commissioned October 28 1944 - Decommissioned September 28 1945

    Struck from Naval Register September 28 1945
    Sold July 1946 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    (1945)



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

Post Office Established November 15 1944 - Disestablished September 28 1945


Locy Type


Censored, Sailor's Mail


Other Information

AARON WARD earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Okinawa operation
March 1945

Earned Presidential Unit Citation for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Aaron Ward, USN (October 10 1851 - July 5 1918).
Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS Aaron Ward DD-132, USS Aaron Ward DD-483 and USS Aaron Ward DD-773/DM-34.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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