DAMATO DD 871

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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 10 May 1945 - Launched 21 November 1945

  1. USS DAMATO DD-871
  2. Commissioned 27 April 1946

  3. USS DAMATO DDE-871
  4. Redesignated Escort Destroyer (DDE) 4 March 1950

  5. USS DAMATO DD-871
  6. Reverted to (DD) 30 June 1962
    Decommissioned 30 September 1980

    Struck from Naval Register 1 October 1980

  7. PNS TIPPU SULTAN D-168
    Sold to Pakistan 30 September 1980 and renamed

    Stricken and scrapped 1995
DAMATO DD PATCH.jpg
DAMATO DDE PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Damato DD-871 / DDE-871 Covers Page 1     (1946-1979)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Locy Type
FDC 2(n)

1946-04-27

GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19460427 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19460427 1 Front.jpg

DD-871. First Day of Commission, Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1947-10-27

GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19471027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19471027 1 Front.jpg

DD-871. Navy Day, cachet by Donald Graf


 

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

1970-07-01

GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19700701 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19700701 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning cachet for USS Parle DE-708, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

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

1979-05-19

GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19790519 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19790519 1 Front.jpg

Armed Forces Day. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No.4, USCS


 

Locy Type
9fu

1964-02-06

JonBurdett damato dd871 19640206 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett damato dd871 19640206.jpg

DD-871


 

Locy Type
9eft(n+u) (USS)

1972-07-04

GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19720704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Damato DD871 19720704 1 Front.jpg

DD-871. Independence Day, cachet by Frederick L. Karcher


 

Locy Type P
[2t(nu), "E" removed from DDE]

1964-02-06

JonBurdett damato dd871 19640206r pm.jpg
JonBurdett damato dd871 19640206.jpg

DD-871



PNS Tippu Sultan D-168


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS,FF)

USS Moinester FF-1097

1980-11-28

GregCiesielski TippuSultan D168 19801128 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TippuSultan D168 19801128 1 Front.jpg

PNS Tippu Sultan D-168 (ex-Damato) visits Norfolk VA, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Corporal Anthony Peter Damato, USMC (28 March 1922 - 20 February 1944).
Cpl Damato distinguished himself during the first year of his enlistment, volunteering for special duty with a select invasion party that took part in the North African landings (Operation TORCH). He was advanced in rate for especially meritorious conduct in action while serving aboard ship at Arzeau, Algeria, on November 8 1942, when he landed with an assault wave entering the port from seaward and assisted in boarding and seizing vessels in the harbor as well as the seizure of the port. He returned to the United States in March 1943, and three months later sailed for Pacific duty.
Cpl Damato was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor for his actions while attached with an assault company of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 5th Amphibious Corps, on Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands. On the night of February 19-20 1944, while in a foxhole with two fellow Marines, he threw himself upon an enemy grenade, absorbing the explosion in his body. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. P. Damato.

 


 

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