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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid 19 December 1978 - Christened & Launched 20 October 1979

  2. Commissioned 14 November 1981
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at San Diego CA, 30 January 1987
    Decommissioned 1 September 2000

    Stricken from the NVR 1 September 2000

  3. TCG GEDIZ F-495
    Transferred to Turkey 1 September 2000

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. USS John A. Moore FFG-19 Covers Page 1    (1978-2000)



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

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Locy Type




Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USN,USS)


From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS JOHN A. MOORE earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, two Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Commander John A. Moore, USN (January 12 1910 – March 28 1944)
     Commander Moore was born on 12 January, 1910, in Brownwood, Texas. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign on 2 June, 1932. He first served in the USS ARIZONA BB-39, and in November, 1934, transferred to New London, Connecticut, for submarine training. After serving five years on various submarines, and two tours ashore, Commander Moore received orders to the USS GRAYBACK SS-208 as commanding officer, on 29 June, 1943. It was while he was commanding the GRAYBACK that he distinguished himself as a courageous and highly effective submariner. Commander Moore was a pioneer in the development of the American style wolf-pack tactics and the submerged radar approaches that were used so effectively against the Japanese in the later stages of the war. The GRAYBACK was a member of the first American wolf-pack in the Pacific theater that consisted of six submarines. The group sank more than 100,000 tons of Japanese shipping in one month alone in early 1944. During the GRAYBACK's last three war patrols under the command of Commander Moore, the ship was credited with sinking at least nine Japanese ships and inflicting damage to many more. It was on Commander Moore's third patrol with the GRAYBACK that the submarine and its heroic crew were listed as missing in action when they failed to return from patrol on 28 March, 1944.
     For his service during World War II, Commander Moore was awarded the Navy Cross, with two Gold Stars in lieu of the second and third awards, the Purple Heart, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal.

The ships sponsor is Virginia Moore.



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