LEARY DD 158

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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.


    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 6 1918 - Launched December 18 1918

  1. USS LEARY Destroyer No. 158
    Commissioned December 5 1919

  2. USS LEARY DD-158
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 29 1922
    Recommissioned May 1 1930
    SUNK (Torpedoed) December 24 1943 by German U-275 North of the Azores
    97 of her crew were lost and remain on duty

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1937-43)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Date To
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image



2nd Commissioning May 1 1930 to December 24 1943


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"GUANTANAMO /
BAY CUBA"

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19360918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19360918 1 Front.jpg

Naval Reserve Cruise 1936
Cachet by Walt Munson and Meyer Tuchinsky


 

Locy Type
3b (A-XTT)

"NORFOLK /
NAVY YARD"

1938-02-15

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380215 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Nokomis PY6 19380215 1 Front.jpg

Cover by Tazewell G. Nicholson for the LDC of NOKOMIS PY-6.


 

Locy Type
3b (A-XTT)

"WASHINGTON /
D.C."

1938-04-11

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTB)

"BOSTON /
MASS"

1939-11-11

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391111 1 Front.jpg

Ship cachet by Louise C. Weigand


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTB)

"NORFOLK /
V.A."

1940-05-22

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19400522 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19400522 1 Front.jpg

R/S marking on back from Paul J. Gross


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

1932-01-06

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19320106 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19320106 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

1933-03-04

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19330304 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19330304 1 Front.jpg

Note: FDR's first inaugural this date.


 

Locy Type
3s (BC-BXT)

"SEATTLE /
WASHINGTON"

1933-06-27

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19330627 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19330627 1 Front.jpg

Middle killer bar is missing (X). From the Tom Kean collection.


 

Locy Type
3s (BC-BBT)

"RICHMOND /
VA"

1936-04-04

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19360404 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19360404 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z

1943-09-08

JonBurdett leary dd158 19430908 pm.jpg
JonBurdett leary dd158 19430908.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9v

1938-04-11

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x

1938-04-11

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19380411 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-7

1939-10-27

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, Ship's seal embossed


 

Locy Type
RECD

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-7b

1939-11-11

GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391111 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Leary DD158 19391111 1 Front.jpg

Ship cachet by Louise C. Weigand

 

Other Information

LEARY received one battle star for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant Clarence F. Leary, USNRF (January 11 1894 – July 20 1918).
Born in Fowey, England, Leary came to the United States with his family as a boy. After the United States entered World War I he was commissioned Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve June 12 1918, and appointed executive officer in "Charlton Hall". He died of burns and smoke inhalation when he entered the ship’s burning hold July 20 in an attempt to save both ship and crew. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his self-sacrificing valor

Two US Navy ships were named in his honor; USS Leary DD-158 and USS Leary DD-879.

 


 

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