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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.

    Cannon Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid July 5 1943 - Launched & Christened October 3 1943

    Commissioned November 1 1943 - Decommissioned June 26 1946

  2. HNMS VAN EWIJCK F-808 (Dutch Naval Service)
    Transferred October 23 1950 to the Netherlands and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register December 20 1950
    Returned to U.S. Navy December 15 1967

    Sold February 1968 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1943)



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

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


Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal (w/ 1 battle star) - WWII Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Arthur Leonard Gustafson USN (June 13 1913 - February 19 1942)
Gustafson was a 1936 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy
Lt. Gustafson enlisted in the United States Navy on June 16 1932 at Annapolis. Appointed a Midshipman in June 1932, he was commissioned an Ensign in 1936 and served aboard the Battleships USS IDAHO BB-42 and USS COLORADO BB-45. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1939. He reported to duty on the Destroyer USS PEARY DD-226 in September 1939 where he served as a Gunnery Officer. He was appointed Lieutenant for temporary service in January 1942. Lt. Gustafson earned the China Service Medal while serving in PEARY from 1939 to 1940. A hero, Lt. Gustafson died defending his ship and fellow servicemen when the Japanese attacked PEARY in Port Darwin, Australia February 19 1942. According to a newspaper report, Lt. Gustafson refused to leave his guns under fire and was one of the last six of PEARY's crew on board when the ship went down. The Navy posthumously awarded Lt. Gustafson the Purple Heart, which was accepted by his parents. Lt. Gustafson is listed as "Missing in Action or Buried at Sea." His name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.



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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