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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid July 10 1944 - Launched November 30 1944

  1. USS BENNER DD-807
    Commissioned February 13 1945

    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) March 18 1949

  3. USS BENNER DD-807
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) November 15 1962
    Decommissioned November 20 1970

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1974
    Sold March 19 1975 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. Benner Covers Page 1    (1945-68)



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
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-807


Locy Type


As DD-807


Locy Type


As DD-807
Destroyer Mail cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type


As DD-807


Locy Type

(Br. #15600)


As DD-807


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-28


As DD-807


Other Information

BENNER earned 1 Battle Star for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Second Lieutenant Stanley Graves Benner, USMC (July 5 1916 – October 26 1942)
2ndLt. Benner was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” in command of his platoon during action at Guadalcanal on October 26 1942.



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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