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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 April 5 1945 - Launched July 28 1945

  1. USS CORRY DD-817
    Commissioned February 27 1946 - Decommissioned April 1 1953
    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) April 9 1953

  2. USS CORRY DDR-817
    Recommissioned January 9 1954

  3. USS CORRY DD-817
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) January 1 1964
    Decommissioned February 27 1981

    Struck from Naval Register February 27 1981

  4. HNS KRIEZIS D-217 (Greek Naval Service)
    Sold to Greece July 8 1981
    Stricken by Greece 1994

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. Corry Covers Page 1    (1946-76)



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

1st Commissioning February 27 1946 to April 1 1953


Locy Type


JonBurdett corry dd817 19500614 pm.jpg
JonBurdett corry dd817 19500614.jpg

As DD-817


Locy Type


JonBurdett corry dd817 194705 pm.jpg
JonBurdett corry dd817 194705.JPG

As DD-817


Locy Type


JonBurdett corry dd817 194705 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett corry dd817 194705.JPG

As DD-817

2nd Commissioning January 9 1954 to February 27 1981


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett corry dd817 19760109 pm.jpg
JonBurdett corry dd817 19760109.jpg

As DD-817


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Corry DDR817 19540313 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Corry DDR817 19540313 1 Front.jpg

As DDR-817


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (DDR)


JonBurdett corry ddr817 19630515 pm.jpg
JonBurdett corry ddr817 19630515.jpg

As DDR-817


Locy Type


JonBurdett corry dd817 19641017 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett corry dd817 19641017.JPG

As DD-817


Locy Type P
[2t(n+u) R removed]


GregCiesielski Corry DD817 19660511 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Corry DD817 19660511 1 Front.jpg

As DD-817
Welcome to Norfolk cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

NAMESAKE - William Merrill Corry USN (October 5 1889 - October 7 1920)
Corry graduated from the United States Naval Academy June 3 1910, and was designated Naval Aviator March 6 1916. He served with distinction in command of the air station at Le Croisic, France, during World War I, and after the war remained in Europe working with the aviation aspects of demobilization. While serving on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Corry was injured in an airplane crash October 3 1920. Thrown clear, he plunged into the flaming wreckage to save the plane's pilot. This heroism was recognized with The Medal of Honor. Corry died of his burns October 7 1920



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