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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 Type WGT Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid January 3 1944 - Launched February 16 1944

  1. '''USS MELVIN R. NAWMAN DE-416'''
    Commissioned May 16 1944 - Decommissioned April 23 1946
    Recommissioned March 28 1951 - Decommissioned August 30 1960

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1972
    Sold October 3 1973 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     (1946-58)



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

1st Commissioning May 16 1944 to April 23 1946

Locy Type

2nd Commissioning March 28 1951 to August 30 1960

Locy Type
Locy Type F

USCS Catalog


Other Information

MELVIN R. NAWMAN received four battle stars for service in the Pacific theater during World War II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

'''NAMESAKE''' - Melvin Rollie Nawman USMCR (September 10 ?? - November 2 1942)
Nawman attended the University of Utah prior to his enlistment July 7 1941 in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Shortly there after he qualified for flight training and July 27 1942 earned his wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant. Attached to a Scout‑Bombing Squadron VMSB‑32, he arrived at Henderson Field October 30 in the midst of the bitterly contested struggle for Guadalcanal Island. Three days later he died attempting to stop the “Tokyo Express� from landing additional reinforcements. The gallantry of this volunteer mission was recognized through a posthumously awarded Air Medal



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