THOMAS J GARY DER 326

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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.

    Edsall Class Type FMR Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid June 15 1943 - Launched August 21 1943

  1. USS THOMAS J. GARY DE-326
    Commissioned November 27 1943 - Decommissioned March 7 1947
    Converted to Rader Picket Escort Ship (DER) November 1 1956

  2. USS THOMAS J. GARY DER-326
    Recommissioned August 2 1957 - Decommissioned September 22 1973

    Struck from Naval Register September 30 1973

  3. PRESIDENTE HABIB BOURGUIBA E-7 (Tunisian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Tunisia October 22 1973 and renamed

  4. INDAKH
    Renamed (Date unknown)
    Stricken by engineroom fire 1992

    Decommissioned by Tunisia 1992
    Acting fleet headquarters berthed at Bizerte
THOMAS J GARY PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Thomas J. Gary Covers Page 1    (1944-72)

 

Postmarks

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1st Commissioning November 27 1943 to March 7 1947


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-03-09

JonBurdett thomasjgary de326 19440309 pm.jpg
JonBurdett thomasjgary de326 19440309.jpg

As DE-326


2nd Commissioning August 2 1957 to October 22 1973


 

Locy Type
FDC 2t(nu)

1957-08-02

JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19570802 pm.jpg
JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19570802.jpeg

As DER-326
First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
2t(nu)

1957-11-02

JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19571102 pm.jpg
JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19571102.jpg

As DER-326


 

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

1966-11-29

GregCiesielski ThomasJGary DER326 19661129 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ThomasJGary DER326 19661129 1 Front.jpg

As DER-326
Operation "DEEP FREEZE" R/S cachet


 

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

1967-09-14

JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19670914 pm.jpg
JonBurdett thomasjgary der326 19670914.jpg

As DER-326
Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
9fu

1966-02-01

GregCiesielski ThomasJGary DER326 19660201 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ThomasJGary DER326 19660201 1 Front.jpg

As DER-326

 

Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

NAMESAKE - Seaman Thomas Jones Gary USN (September 16 1922 - December 7 1941)
Gary was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. During the raid, his ship USS CALIFORNIA BB-44 suffered torpedo and bomb hits causing extensive fires and flooding. After he had rescued three or four wounded men from closed and burning compartments, Seaman Gary continued his efforts to save others until he lost his own life. He was posthumously commended by the Secretary of the Navy for his courageous action and disregard for personal safety in assisting his endangered shipmates.

 


 

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