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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.

    Benham Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 16 1941 - Launched April 11 1942

    Commissioned August 25 1942 - Decommissioned February 1 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1971
    Sunk as target March 23 1972 off Florida


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. Covers Page 1     (1943-45)



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) Oct 27, 1945


Navy Day


Locy Type




Locy Type
3z (BTB)




Other Information

GANSEVOORT received four battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Commodore Guert Gansevoort (June 7 1812 - July 15 1868)
Gansevoort was appointed a Midshipman in the Navy March 4 1823. Subsequently he served in the Mediterranean on board USS CONSTITUTION, NORTH CAROLINA, and OHIO; took part in attacks on Tuxpan and Tabasco during the Mexican War; landed seamen and marines from DECATUR to defend Seattle, Washington Territory from hostile Indians in January 1856; was in charge of ordnance at the New York Yard 1861-63 helping fit out ships which had been acquired for blockade duty; and commanded Ironclad ROANOKE in the last year of the Civil War. He retired January 28 1867 and died July 15 1868 at Schenectady, N.Y



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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