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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 August 17 1944 - Launched January 26 1945

  1. USS DYESS DD-880
    Commissioned May 21 1945

  2. USS DYESS DDR-880
    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) March 18 1949

  3. USS DYESS DD-880
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) December 1 1963
    Decommissioned February 27 1981

    Struck from Naval Register February 27 1981
    Sold to Greece July 8 1981 and cannibalized for spare parts

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. Dyess 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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post Office Established April 23 1945 - Disestablished March 31 1971


Locy Type


As DDR-880


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


"Victory Cancel"


Locy Type


As DD-880
Add-on cachet by - Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type


As DD-880
Navy Day


Locy Type


As DD-880. St. Patrick's Day, cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


Locy Type


As DDR-880
175th USMC Birthday
Clint Orr


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-880
USCS Postmark Catalog lists as Type 2n+ (U S S)...Designation in parenthesis


Locy Type
2t(n+u) DDR


As DDR-880


Locy Type

(Br. #15793)


As DD-880


Locy Type


As DDR-880


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant Colonel Aquilla James Dyess, USMCR (January 11 1909 – February 2 1944).
LtCol Dyess was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life" as the Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, Reinforced, Fourth Marine Division, during the World War II Battle of Kwajalein, on Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on February 2 1944.



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