GRIDLEY DD 380

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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.


    Gridley Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 3 1935 - Launched December 1 1936

  1. USS GRIDLEY DD-380
    Commissioned June 24 1937 - Decommissioned April 18 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Sold August 20 1947 and broken up for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1937-45)

 

Postmarks

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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
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)

"WELCOME /
GRIDLEY"

USS Moffett
DD-362

1937-06-24

Commissioning of USS Gridley DD-380, cachet by C. Wright Richell



 

Locy Type
FDPS 3

"BOSTON /
MASS"

1937-07-28

First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-07-21

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
2#

(Br. #15995)

1945-12-13

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"BOSTON /
MASS"

1937-08-03

Add-on cachet by Ben Kraft


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"LA GUAIRA /
VENEZUELA"

1937-09-27

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIF"

1940-10-28

Cachet by Mae Weigand


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-12-08

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-12-08

"In 1941, I served on board USS GRIDLEY (DD-380). On November 28, 1941, we left Pearl Harbor in a task force with USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6) [and] returned to Pearl and entered port December 8th. . . . We took on fuel and depth charges and went back out again on anti-sub patrol. While in port, all hands had to fill in and send the [attached] card to their families." -- Frank Lamb 1991 (USCS 1107)


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-12-08

Close-up view of the censor marking from GRIDLEY cover dated Dec 8 1941 and article about this card from Frank Lamb 1917-2000, MMCS USN (Ret.), USCS #1107 that appeared in the "USCS LOG", December 1996 page 18


 

Locy Type
9v

1943-12-25

No. 10 Registered, Official Business, Airmail cover.


 

Locy Type
9v

1943-12-25

Backside of the 1943 cover. Postmarks from GRIDLEY, US Navy 128 (Pearl Harbor HI) and Philadelphia PA (Navy Yard Station) are applied.


 

Locy Type
Fake

USCS Catalog
Illustration
CD-3a

1941-12-01

Hobby Shop fake cancel



 

Locy Type
7z(2)

1944-07-01

No Image

Censored, sailor's mail. The ship did not have a machine canceller, postmark originated from either another ship or shore station.

 

Other Information

GRIDLEY was awarded 10 battle stars for her service in World War II.

NAMESAKE - Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, USN (November 24 1844 – May 25 1898) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS Gridley DD-92, USS Gridley DD-380, USS Gridley DLG-21 and USS Gridley DDG-101.

 


 

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