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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 14 May 1945 - Launched 25 October 1945

  1. USS PERRY DD-844
  2. Commissioned 17 January 1946 - Decommissioned 30 June 1973

    Struck from Naval Register 2 July 1973
    Sold 24 June 1974 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 Perry DD-844 Covers Page 1     (1946-1966)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2(n)


JohnGermann Perry DD844 19460117 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Perry DD844 19460117 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type 2(n)


JonBurdett perry dd844 19460509r pm.jpg
JonBurdett perry dd844 19460509.jpeg



Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett perry dd844 19650207 pm.jpg
JonBurdett perry dd844 19650207.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-66


JonBurdett perry dd844 19470901 pm.jpg
JonBurdett perry dd844 19470901.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-66a


GregCiesielski Perry DD844 19570507 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Perry DD844 19570507 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Frank H. Strobel. From the John Young collection.


Locy Type
9f(nu) (USS)


JonBurdett perry dd844 19650220 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett perry dd844 19650220.jpg



Locy Type
LDPS 2(n+) (USS)


GregCiesielski Perry DD844 19730623 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Perry DD844 19730623 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Wolfgang Hechler. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, USN (23 August 1785 – 23 August 1819)
         Perry was an American naval commander, born in South Kingstown, RI. As the most well-known and prominent member of The Perry Family naval dynasty, he was the son of Sarah Wallace Alexander and United States Navy Captain Christopher Raymond Perry, and older brother of Commodore Matthew C. Perry.
        Perry served in the West Indies during the Quasi War of 1798–1800 against France, in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars of 1801–1815, and in the Caribbean fighting piracy and the slave trade, but is most noted for his heroic role in the War of 1812 during the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. During the war against Britain, Perry supervised the building of a fleet at Erie, PA. He earned the title "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal and the Thanks of Congress. His leadership materially aided the successful outcomes of all nine Lake Erie military campaign victories, and the victory was a turning point in the battle for the west in the war. He is remembered for the words on his battle flag, "Don't Give Up the Ship", which was a tribute to the dying command of his colleague Captain James Lawrence of USS Chesapeake. He is also known for his message to General William Henry Harrison which reads in part, "We have met the enemy and they are ours"

Six ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Perry (1843 Sailing Brig), USS Commodore Perry (1859 Side Wheel Ferry), USS Perry DD-11, USS Perry DD-340, USS Perry DD-844,
and USS Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7.

The USS Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7 was the first ship of the "Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Class" in which 51 ships were built.

One WWII Liberty Ship was named in his honor - SS Oliver Hazard Perry.

Two Revenue Cutters were named in his honor - USRC Commodore Perry (1865 Revenue Cutter) and USRC Commodore Perry (1884 Revenue Cutter).



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