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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid November 14 1942 - Launched March 28 1943

  1. USS BLACK DD-666
    Commissioned May 21 1943 - Decommissioned August 5 1946
    Recommissioned July 18 1951 - Decommissioned September 21 1969

    Struck from Naval Register September 26 1969
    Sold February 17 1971 and broken up 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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     (1943-67)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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


Kearny NY



1st Commissioning May 21 1943 to August 5 1946


Locy Type
FDPS 2z*


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
FDPS 9efu


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover

2nd Commissioning July 18 1951 to September 21 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

BLACK earned 6 Battle Stars for WWII and 2 Battle Stars for Korea service

NAMESAKE - Hugh David Black USN (June 29 1903 - February 28 1942)
Black was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1922, graduated in 1926, and served on board USS RICHMOND CL-9 in the Far East, between 1926 and 1928. During the next few years, he was an officer on board the battleship USS NEW YORK BB-34, the gunboat USS ASHVILLE PG-101, and the destroyers USS PARROTT DD-218, USS RIZAL DD-174 and USS MONTGOMERY DD-121. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Black was assigned to the Naval Training Station, San Diego, California, in 1933-1934, then served on board the destroyer USS UPSHUR DD-144 and during 1935-38 commanded the minesweeper USS LARK AM-21. Lieutenant Black had duty with the Bureau of Navigation, in Washington, D.C., in 1938 and attended Harvard University for two years, beginning mid-1938. He was Executive Officer of the new destroyer USS BENSON DD-421 in 1940-1941. In March 1941, he took command of the destroyer USS JACOB JONES DD-130. Lieutenant Commander Hugh D. Black lost his life when JACOB JONES was sunk by German Submarine U-578 on Feburary 28 1942



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