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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid July 1 1944 - Launched February 15 1945

  1. USS GURKE DD-783
    Commissioned May 12 1945 - Decommissioned January 30 1976

    Struck from Naval Register January 30 1976

  2. HNS TOMBAZIS D-215 (Greek Naval Service)
    Sold to Greece March 17 1977 and renamed
    Decommissioned January 12 1997

    Stricken January 12 1997
    Laid up in Souda Bay Crete January 1998

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    (1946-49)



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
2(n+) (USS)


Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher. FRAUDULENT use of the "FREE" mail privilege.


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type

(Br. #15843)




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-39




Other Information

GURKE received 7 battle stars for her service in the Korean conflict.

NAMESAKE - Private First Class Henry Gurke, USMC (November 6 1922 – November 9 1943).
PFC Gurke, attached to Company M, 3rd Raider Battalion, 2nd Raider Regiment of the I Marine Amphibious Corps, was killed in action in 1943 in the Solomon Islands Campaign of World War II. For his heroic actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. PFC Gurke also received the Purple Heart.



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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