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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 August 1 1943 - Launched February 6 1944

  1. USS LOWRY DD-770
    Commissioned July 23 1944 - Decommissioned June 30 1947
    Recommissioned December 27 1950 - Decommissioned October 29 1973

    Struck from Naval Register October 31 1973

  2. ESPIRITO SANTO D-38 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Brazil October 31 1973 and renamed
    Stricken by Brazil February 2 1996

    Scrapped October 1996

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     (1945-71)



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

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Postmark Image
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Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 23 1944 to June 30 1947


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2nd Commissioning December 27 1950 to October 29 1973


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




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Other Information

LOWRY received 4 battle stars for World War II service and 2 for Korean service

NAMESAKE - Reigart Bolivar Lowry (July 14 1826 – November 25 1880)
Lowry, the son of Robert K. Lowry of Maryland, United States Consul, was appointed Midshipman on January 21 1840. Attached to the Home Squadron during the Mexican-American War, he took part in operations against Tampico, Tuxpan, Veracruz, Tabasco, Seven Palms and Alvarado. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was part of the relief expeditions at Fort Sumter and took part in operations of the Potomac Flotilla. The Hatteras Expedition was undertaken upon suggestions and information given to the Department by him, for which he was thanked by the Secretary of the Navy. He served with Admiral Farragut in the Battle of New Orleans and also took part in the first attack on Vicksburg by Admiral Farragut's Fleet, June 30 1862. Subsequently, he participated in operations against the Ram ARKANSAS and operations above Vicksburg; the engagement with Confederate batteries at Donaldsonville, Louisiana on October 4 1862; and the bombardment of Galveston, Texas on January 10 1863. He had special duty in Washington, D.C. and after the Civil War commanded Training Ships SABINE, and CANANDAIGUA in the North Atlantic Squadron; and the Naval Station, New London, Connecticut. Commodore Lowry died at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital, November 25 1880



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