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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 16 1938 - Launched December 9 1939

    Commissioned June 14 1940 - Decommissioned May 8 1946

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1969
    Sold June 29 1972 and broken up 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    (1938-44)



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

Post office established August 5 1940 - Disestablished April 12 1946


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Aug 24, 1940



First Day of Postal Service
Cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type




Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)





Locy Type
3z (BBT)




Locy Type
3z (TBT)




Locy Type


Mark from back of USS ERICSSON DD-440 cover


Other Information

GLEAVES received 5 battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Albert Gleaves USN (January 1 1858 - January 6 1937)
Gleaves graduated from the Naval Academy in 1877. After serving on board HARTFORD and TRENTON, he was appointed an Ensign in 1881. Assigned to many ships and station, he commanded GUSHING during the Spanish-American War and later NORTH DAKOTA BB-29. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1915, in World War I he commanded the Cruiser and Transport Force. For his outstanding contribution he was awarded the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals. In 1919 he was promoted to Admiral. While serving at the Naval Ordnance Proving Ground, Admiral Gleaves made outstanding contributions in the field of gunnery and torpedoes. While carrying out some tests on torpedo steering devices he changed these weapons from instruments of luck into instruments of precision. The gear which he tested in GUSHING provided the imprints which made the torpedo the "terrible weapon" of World War I. In spite of a life of constant action in war and peace, he found time to write a biography on Captain Lawrence; the "History of the Cruiser and Transport Force," and the "Life of an American Sailor, William Hensley Emory, Rear Admiral, USN." After a most distinguished career, he retired in 1921. Admiral Gleaves died January 6 1937



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