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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 September 15 1944 - Launched March 31 1945

  1. USS McKEAN DD-784
    Commissioned June 9 1945

  2. USS McKEAN DDR-784
    Redesignated Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) July 18 1952

  3. USS McKEAN DD-784
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) December 1 1960
    Decommissioned October 1 1981

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1981
    Sold to Turkey for spare parts November 2 1982

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. McKean Covers Page 1    (1949-81)



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

1st Post Office Period June 8 1945 to June 28 1952


Locy Type
2(n) (DD)


As DD-784

2nd Post Office Period March 26 1953 to October 1 1981


Locy Type


As DDR-784


Locy Type
2(n) (DDR,USS)


As DD-784
Still using DDR Device


Locy Type
2(n+) (DD)


As DD-784
Listed in USCS Postmark Catalog as Type 2(n), but hyphen is clearly visible


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (DD,USS)


As DD-784


Other Information

McKEAN earned 1 battle star for Korean War service

NAMESAKE - Admiral William Wister McKean, USN (September 19 1800 – April 22 1865)

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS McKean DD-90/APD-5 and USS McKean DD-784/DDR-784.



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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