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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 21 1943
    Launched December 10 1943 as Destroyer Escort DE-669
    Redesignated Amesbury Class High-speed Transport (APD) June 27 1944

    Commissioned December 29 1944 - Decommissioned November 15 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1967
    Sold July 1 1968 to North American Smelting Co. 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)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JohnGermann Pavlic APD70 19460131 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pavlic APD70 19460131 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type

(Br. #15440)


JonBurdett pavlic apd70 19450808 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pavlic apd70 19450808.JPG

Mark from back of cover


Other Information

PAVLIC received 1 battle star for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, off Okinawa, May 27-29 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - Milton Frank Pavlic USN (December 27 1909 - November 15 1942)
Pavlic spent his youth in Rittman, Ohio. In 1927 he started his academic career at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio as a pre-med major, however, patriotic calling drew him to the Navy after his first year. Peter was appointed Midshipman June 25 1928, and commissioned Ensign June 2 1932, and Lieutenant Commander June 15 1942, and served in several ships. From June 17 1940 to March 9 1942, he served at the Naval Academy; then helped fit out USS SOUTH DAKOTA BB-57 and was on board the battleship when she commissioned March 20 1942. SOUTH DAKOTA sailed to the Pacific and fought in the Santa Cruz Islands, and at Guadalcanal. In the fierce Naval Battle off Guadalcanal early on November 15, SOUTH DAKOTA’s Task Force engaged a force of Japanese warships. She was badly damaged in the action. Lt. Comdr. Pavlic died in the battle and posthumously was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.



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