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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid February 6 1944 - Launched July 16 1944

    Commissioned November 25 1944
    Heavily damaged (Kamikaze) May 11 1945 off Okinawa
    Decommissioned December 15 1945

    Stricken January 8 1946
    Sold September 2 1947 to Walter W. Johnson Co. San Francisco 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     (1945)



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


JonBurdett hughwhadley dd774 19450910 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hughwhadley dd774 19450910.jpg



Locy Type

(Br. #15204)


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JonBurdett hughwhadley dd774 19450324.jpg

Mark from back of cover


Other Information

HUGH W. HADLEY earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Okinawa operation, March 1945

Earned Presidential Unit Citation for her performance in the action off Okinawa May 11 1945

NAMESAKE - Hugh William Hadley USN (February 17 1901 - September 5 1942)
Hadley was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1918. Commissioned Ensign May 29 1922, he served on board many ships, including USS PENNSYLVANIA BB-38 and USS S-27, and various shore stations in the prewar years. After serving as Executive Officer of USS ROPER DD-147 1936-1939 and on board USS MARYLAND BB-46 1941-1942, on which he was aboard during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941, he was appointed Commander and assigned to command Transport Division 12 in the Pacific. Hadley's attack transports made nightly runs into Guadalcanal to support American troops there, and while on board USS LITTLE APD-4 September 5 1942 Hadley was surprised by three Japanese destroyers off Lunga Point. His outgunned ship fought valiantly, but was sunk along with attack transport USS GREGORY APD-3. Commander Hadley was killed in the action and was posthumously awarded The Silver Star for his outstanding performance in the bitter Solomons campaign



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