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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 16 1942 - Launched August 16 1942

  1. USS MURRAY DD-576
    Commissioned April 20 1943 - Decommissioned March 27 1946
    Recommissioned January 2 1951

    Reclassified Escort Destroyer (DDE) January 2 1951

  3. USS MURRAY DD-576
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) June 30 1962
    Decommissioned June 1 1965

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1965
    Sold August 16 1966 for scrap

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. USS Murray DD-576 Covers Page 1     (1964)



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

1st Commissioning April 20 1943 to March 27 1946


Locy Type


Navy Day 1945.

2nd Commissioning January 2 1951 to June 1 1965


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-576


Locy Type


As DDE-576


Locy Type


As DDE-576
Welcome to Norfolk, Forbin D635, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


As DDE-576


Other Information

USS MURRAY received 11 battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - "Named for Capt. Alexander Murray and his grandson Rear Adm. Alexander Murray.
The elder Alexander Murray was born 12 July 1755 in Chestertown, Md. During the Revolution, he served as captain in the 1st Maryland Regiment, commanded several privateers, and was commissioned lieutenant in the Continental Navy 20 July 1781, returning to private life in 1785. Upon the organization of the U.S. Navy, Murray was commissioned captain 1 July 1798, and commanded MONTEZUMA, INSURGENTE, and CONSTELLATION during the quasi-war with France; CONSTELLATION against the Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean 1801-1803; and ADAMS in home waters in 1805. From 1808 until his death 6 October 1821, Murray was superintendent of gunboats at Philadelphia, and from 8 July 1813 also was first commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
His grandson was born 2 January 1816 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was appointed midshipman 22 August 1835 and participated in the capture of Alvarado, Tobasco, Tuxpan, Vera Cruz, and Tampico during the Mexican War. In the Civil War he commanded a combined Army-Navy operation up the York and Pamunky Rivers in February 1862, destroying 27 Confederate vessels while cruising within 11 miles of Richmond. He served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the rest of the war. In 1886-87 he commanded a special squadron cruising to Russia, then served as commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, on the Lighthouse Board, and in command of the Pacific Station. He died 10 November 1884 in Washington, D.C." {DANFS}

There have been three ships of the US Navy named MURRAY - USS Murray SP‑1438, USS Murray DD‑97 and USS Murray DD-576. Only DD-97 and DD-576 were named for the US Naval officers.



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