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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.

    Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 8 November 1943 - Launched 12 December 1943

  1. USS COATES DE-685
    Commissioned 24 January 1944 - Decommissioned 16 April 1946
    Planned conversion to High Speed Transport APD-138 canceled
    Recommissioned 7 February 1951
    Assigned to Naval reserve Training (NRT) 21 November 1957
    Decommissioned 30 June 1962

    Struck from Naval Register 30 January 1970
    Sunk 19 September 1971 as target

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. USS Coates DE-685 Covers Page 1    (1945-1962)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 24 January 1944 - Disestablished 18 May 1946


Locy Type 2(n)


Official Business

Recommissioned 7 February 1951 - Decommissioned 30 June 1962


Locy Type 2r


Used before Post Office Reestablished

Post Office Reestablished 9 March 1951 - Disestablished 30 June 1962


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)(USS)


Last Day Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

USS COATES earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Carpenter's Mate 1st Class Charles Coates, USN (2 June 1912 - 13 November 1942)
Born in Oakland, California, Coates enlisted in the Navy 24 September 1930. He served in USS New York BB-34 where he was commended by his commanding officer for his seamanship in damage control following an engineering casualty. He was promoted to carpenter's mate, first class, 16 August 1940, and on 14 February 1942 was assigned to USS Juneau CL-52. He lost his life when his ship was torpedoed 13 November 1942 off Guadalcanal.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. M. Bledsoe, wife of Captain Bledsoe.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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