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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 October 7 1944 - Launched March 11 1945

  1. USS HANSON DD-832
    Commissioned May 11 1945

    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) March 18 1949

  3. USS HANSON DD-832
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) April 1 1964
    Decommissioned March 31 1973

    Struck from Naval Register March 31 1973

  4. LIAO YANG DD-2 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to Taiwan April 18 1973 and renamed

  5. LIAO YANG DDG-921 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Redesignated (DDG)
    Decommissioned June 1 2004 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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. Hanson Covers Page 1     (1945-73)



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) Oct 27, 1945


1945 Navy Day "Victory Cancel"


Locy Type


As DD-832


Locy Type
(no month)


As DD-832


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-832


Locy Type


As DDR-832


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


As DDR-832


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS,DDR)


As DD-832 still using "DDR" device


Locy Type


As DDR-832


Other Information

HANSON received 8 battle stars for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - First Lieutenant Robert Murray Hanson, USMC (February 4 1920 – February 3 1944).
1stLt Hanson was a Marine Corps aviator (VMF-214) who shot down 25 Japanese planes from the South Pacific skies. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. 1stLt Hanson also received the Navy Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.



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