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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.

    Buckley Class Type TE Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid September 26 1943 - Launched March 12 1944

    Commissioned May 25 1944 - Decommissioned February 3 1947

    Stricken December 1 1969
    Sold October 1970 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. Covers Page 1     (1945-46)



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


Locy Type


JonBurdett paulgbaker de642 19460318 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paulgbaker de642 19460318.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-8


JohnGermann Paul G. Baker DE642 19470106 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Paul G. Baker DE642 19470106 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

Earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
Okinawa operation, April 1945

NAMESAKE - Paul Gerald Baker USN (February 20 1910 - May 7 1942)
Baker enlisted in the United States Navy on December 12 1929. From 1935, he served with aviation activities and units, and rose through the enlisted ranks to Aviation Chief Radioman. On April 14 1942, while serving with Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) on board USS LEXINGTON CV-2, he was appointed Lieutenant (junior grade) for temporary service. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lt. Baker downed three Japanese planes and badly damaged a fourth in the engagements on May 7 1942, but failed to return from his last mission. His heroism and devotion to duty won him the posthumous award of The Navy Cross



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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