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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 3 1943 - Launched June 20 1943

    Commissioned August 19 1943 - Decommissioned July 16 1946
    Recommissioned June 4 1951 - Decommissioned May 2 1960

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1974
    Sold February 22 1977 to Union Minerals & Alloys, New York for scrap

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     (1943-52)



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

Post Office Established August 14 1943 - Disestablished March 1 1946


Locy Type



Censored Sailor's mail. Postmark isn't strong enough to show well.


Locy Type
2z* + SL


USCS Postmark Catalog lists as Type 2z + SL...Stars are present on this example


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-5



Post Office Reestablished July 27 1951 - Disestablished 1960


Locy Type
FDPS 2r Aug 2 [1951]


First Day Postal Service. 1951 commissioning covers have no year date in cancel (USCS Postmark Catalog). Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (MH Cachets)


Locy Type


Cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


Locy Type


Cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


Other Information

USS GATLING received eight battle stars for her World War II service and one battle star for her Korean War service

NAMESAKE - Richard Jordan Gatling (September 12 1818 - February 25 1903)
Gatling won fame as the inventor of machines to plant cotton, rice, and wheat; and a hemp-breaker; a steam plow; and a screw propeller for steamboats. During the Civil War he designed a multibarrelled machine gun. He died in New York City.



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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