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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.
    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid January 13 1944 - Launched April 23 1944

  1. '''USS CHARLES E. BRANNON DE-446'''
    Commissioned November 1 1944 - Decommissioned May 21 1946
    Recommissioned November 21 1950 - Decommissioned June 18 1960

    Stricken September 23 1968
    Sold October 27 1969 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     (1962)



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

2nd Commissioning November 21 1950 to June 18 1960

Locy Type
2(n) (USS)
Locy Type
9ef(nu) (USS)
Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)
Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

CHARLES E. BRANNON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star), the World War II Victory Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon during her Naval career.

'''NAMESAKE''' - Ensign Charles E. Brannon, USNR (August 2 1919 - June 4 1942)
Brannon enlisted in the Naval Reserve April 14 1941 for aviation training. Ensign Brannon reported for duty in Torpedo Squadron 8 in carrier USS HORNET CV-8 February 3 1942, and was killed in action June 4 1942 during the Battle of Midway. He was awarded a '''Navy Cross''' posthumously for his extraordinary heroism in pressing home an attack against a Japanese carrier.



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