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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.

    Buckley Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 9 August 1943 - Launched and christened 16 October 1943

    Commissioned 1 February 1944 - Decommissioned 13 March 1948

    Struck from Naval Register 1 September 1973
    Sunk as target 28 July 1973


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. USS Gunason DE-795 Covers Page 1    (1944-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2(n)

(Left parenthesis missing)




Locy Type 2z


Censored WWII use


Other Information

USS GUNASON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Lt. (jg) Robert W. Gunason USN (26 November 1919 - 9 August 1942)
Gunason, born in Chicago, Ill., enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an apprentice seaman 24 August 1940 at Los Angeles. Following service in USS Wichita CA-45 he was appointed Midshipman and sent to active duty training at the Midshipmen's School, Prairie State, N.Y. Promoted to Ensign 6 June 1941 and to Lieutenant (j.g.) 15 June 1942, Lt. Gunason was killed in action 9 August 1942 while serving in USS Astoria CA-34, during the Battle of Savo Island.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Mabel Meneley, mother of Lt.(jg) Robert W. Gunason.



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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