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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 June 16 1945 - Launched December 22 1945

    Commissioned March 5 1946 - Decommissioned May 30 1975

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1975
    Sold December 1 1975 and broken up 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 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. Covers Page 1    (1945-66)



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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-4


First Day in Commission


Locy Type




Locy Type


Sailor's Mail


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)




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




Other Information

OZBOURN received two Korean Presidential Citations for her Korean War service and the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Battle Efficiency “E” for her Vietnam War service.

NAMESAKE - Private Joseph William Ozbourn, USMC (October 24 1919 - July 30 1944).
Pvt. Ozbourn was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “great personal valor” during the Battle of Tinian. Pvt. Ozbourn also posthumously received the Purple Heart.



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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