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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 August 11 1944 - Launched January 20 1945

  1. USS LEARY DD-879
    Commissioned May 7 1945

  2. USS LEARY DDR-879
    Redesignated Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) March 18 1949

  3. USS LEARY DD-879
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) December 1 1963
    Decommissioned October 31 1973

    Struck from Naval Register June 2 1975

  4. LANGARA D-64 (Spanish Naval Service)
    Loaned to Spain October 31 1973 and renamed
    Sold to Spain May 17 1978

    Stricken by Spain and scrapped 1992


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. Leary Covers Page 1     (1945-70)



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


As DD-879


Locy Type


As DD-879


Locy Type
2(n+) (DD,USS)


As DD-879


Locy Type


As DDR-879


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


As DDR-879


Locy Type
2t(nu) (DD)


As DD-879


Locy Type


As DD-879
Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
9ef(nu) (DD)


As DD-879


Locy Type


As DDR-879


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant Clarence F. Leary, USN (January 11 1894 – July 20 1918)
Leary was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross in World War I.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS Leary DD-158 and USS Leary DD-879.



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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