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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.

    Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate
    Keel Laid 4 March 1943 as Patrol Gunboat PG-130
    Reclassified Patrol Frigate (PF) 15 April 1943
    Launched 12 July 1943

    Commissioned 10 December 1943 - Decommissioned 1 September 1945

  2. EK-26 (Soviet Naval Service)
    Transferred 4 September 1945 to the Soviet Union and renamed
    Returned to U.S. custody 31 October 1949
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka Group

    Recommissioned 11 October 1950 - Decommissioned 15 September 1952

  4. JDS TSUGE PF-12
    Transferred on loan 1 October 1953 to Japan and renamed

  5. JDS TSUGE PF-292
    Redesignated PF-292 on 1 September 1957

    Struck from Navy Register 1 December 1961
    Permanent custody transferred to Japan March 1962
    Decommissioned by Japanese Navy March 31 1968
    Returned to U.S. custody March 31 1969

    Fate unknown

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. USS Gloucester PF-22 Covers Page 1     (1951)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning October 11 1950 to September 15 1952


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type 2




Other Information

USS GLOUCESTER earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with seven battle stars, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal (Korea) during her US Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The city and port of Gloucester, MA.

There have been two ships of the US Navy that have borne the name GLOUCESTER - USS Gloucester (1891 Gunboat) and USS Gloucester PF-22.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Emily K. Ross.



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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