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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.

    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid December 13 1943 - Launched February 15 1944

  1. USS GENTRY DE-349
    Commissioned June 14 1944 - Decommissioned July 2 1946

    Stricken January 15 1972
    Sold January 15 1973 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 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    (1946)



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




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Second Lieutenant Wayne Roy Gentry, USMCR (August 25 1920 - November 2 1942).
Gentry enlisted in the Naval Reserve June 18 1941 and was appointed an Aviation Cadet September 18 1941. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve May 27 1942, he served at Corpus Christi, TX and San Diego, CA before being ordered to duty in the Pacific. Lieutenant Gentry was killed in action November 2 1942 in the Solomon Islands area while serving as a pilot in the Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron and was posthumously awarded the Air Medal.



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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