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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 15 1941 - Launched March 20 1942

    Commissioned May 13 1942 - Decommissioned May 16 1946

    Struck from Naval Register August 15 1949

  2. TCG GEMLIK D-347 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Sold to Turkey June 10 1949 and renamed

    Stricken from the Turkish Navy 1974
    Sunk as target November 21 1982 in the Eastern Mediterranean
    by the USS Biddle CG-34, USS Julius A. Furer FFG-6, USS Truett FF-1095
    and aircraft from CVW-6.
Lardner DD487 Photo.jpg

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     (1944)



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
3z (BBB)


JonBurdett lardner dd487 19440926 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lardner dd487 19440926.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) Business reply use


Locy Type P
in bars)


JonBurdett lardner dd487 19460211 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lardner dd487 19460211.JPG


Turkish Naval Service June 10 1949 to 1974


Locy Type 2r

USS Aucilla


GregCiesielski Aucilla AO56 19610430 2 Front.jpg

No Image

Welcome To Norfolk, Cachet by the Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

LARDNER received 10 battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral James Lawrence Lardner, USN (November 20 1802 – April 12 1881).
Two ships have been named in his honor; USS Lardner DD-286 and USS Lardner DD-487.



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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