GYATT DD 712

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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 7 September 1944 - Launched 15 April 1945

  1. USS GYATT DD-712
    Commissioned 2 July 1945 - Decommissioned 31 October 1955
    Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) 1 December 1956

  2. USS GYATT DDG-712
    Recommissioned 3 December 1956

  3. USS GYATT DDG-1
    Renumbered 23 May 1957

  4. USS GYATT DD-712
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 1 October 1962
    Decommissioned 22 October 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 22 October 1969
    Sunk as target 11 June 1970 off Virginia


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Gyatt DD-712 / DDG-712 / DDG-1 Covers Page 1    (1946-1968)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

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1st Commissioning July 2 1945 to October 31 1955


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1948-05-08

As DD-712. VE Day, cachet by Donald Graf


 

Locy Type
2t(nu) (DD)

1950-08-26

As DD-712. Boston Naval Shipyard Sesquicentennial, cachet by Old Ironsides Chapter No. 1, USCS


 

Locy Type
9#

(Br. #16049)

1945-08-19

As DD-712. Receipt.


 

Locy Type
9#

(Br. #16049)

1949-04-06

As DD-712



2nd Commissioning December 3 1956 to October 22 1969


 

Locy Type
FDR 2t(n+u) (DDG)

1956-12-03

As DDG-712. First Day of Recommissioning


 

Locy Type
FDR 9fu

1956-12-03

As DDG-712. First Day of Recommissioning


 

Locy Type
2(n+)(USS)

1962-12-25

As DD-712. Christmas Day


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

1957-04-15

As DDG-712


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u)

1968-06-28

As DD-712


 

Locy Type
9fu

1957-10-24

As DDG-1


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-41b

1957-10-24

As DDG-1

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Private Edward Earl Gyatt, USMC (4 September 1921 – 7 August 1942)
Gyatt, born in Syracuse, New York the 4th day of September, 1921 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on the 26th day of January 1942. While serving with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion during the Guadalcanal campaign, as part of the invasion force that went ashore on Tulagi D-day 7 August 1942, Private Gyatt reported the approach of a Japanese counter-attack force on his advanced position that night. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he remained at his post and inflicted heavy damage on the enemy until he was killed by a grenade. For his gallantry and courage, Private Gyatt was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Pvt Gyatt was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Hilda Morrell, mother of PVT Edward Earl Gyatt, USMC.

 


 

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