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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.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid March 1 1943 - Launched December 12 1943

  1. USS GANDY DE-764
    Commissioned February 7 1944 - Decommissioned June 17 1946

  2. ALTAIR F-591 (Italian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Italy January 10 1951 and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register March 26 1951
    Stricken 1971 from the Italian Navy and sunk as target

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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     (1946)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

(Br. #16120)




Locy Type
16120 Branch


The postmark was applied to a separate piece of paper enclosed within the cover.


Other Information

GANDY received 1 battle star for WWII service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Seaman Second Class Andrew Jackson Gandy USN (October 20 1924 - November 13 1942)
Gandy enlisted February 21 1942; and gallantly gave his life on board Cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38 in a heroic gunnery action against Japanese torpedo planes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, November 12-13 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross



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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