COLE DDG 67

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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 28 February 1994 - Launched 10 February 1995
    Christened 8 April 1995

  1. USS COLE DDG 67
    Commissioned (Special) 11 March 1996
    Commissioned 8 June 1996
    Heavily damaged by terrorists 12 October 2000 while in Aden
    17 of her crew were lost and remain on duty
    Returned to duty 19 April 2002
COLE DDG67 Crest.jpg

"Glory is the Reward of Valor"

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Cole DDG-67 Covers Page 1     (1996-2019)

 

Postmarks

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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
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
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Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-2t(n+)

1996-06-08

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 19960608 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 19960608 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Ship's cachet, cover serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
FDC 9-2(n+)

1996-06-08

JonBurdett cole ddg67 19960608 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett cole ddg67 19960608-1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2-2t(n+)
(USS,FPO
AE 09566-1285)

1998-07-09

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 19980709 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 19980709 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, cover serviced by Wolfgang Hechler. Signed by the CO.


 

Locy Type
11-2 (USS,
FPO AE 09566)

2019-07-22

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20190722 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20190722 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Dennis W. Gill


 

Locy Type
12-2n+
(USS,FPO
AE 09566-1285)

2002-03-11

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020311 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020311 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
13-2n+
(USS,FPO
AE 09566-1285)

2002-03-11

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020311 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020311 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
13-2n+
(USS,FPO
AE 09566)

2015-10-12

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20151012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20151012 1 Front.jpg

Columbus Day, cover by Roger Wentworth


 

Locy Type F

FPO AE 09566-1265

2002-07-04

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 2 Front.jpg

Port Visit for Independence Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2009-02-24

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20090224 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20090224 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, serviced by Rich Hoffner



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS Special Event Cancel

"USS COLE DDG67"

FPO AE 09566

2000-10-12

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20001012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20001012 1 Front.jpg

This postmark was requested from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City by a USCS member / cachetmaker. It is what SFS calls a "special event cancel". They are available to registered dealers for $25.00 for the device plus 5 cents a cancel for each cancel over 50. Minimum is 50 items cancelled.
The cancel caused a lot of negative comments at the time, especially when it was discovered that a number of the fatalities on the USS Cole were in the post office area. Kansas City revised their rules to prohibit special event cancels for APO and FPO locations.
The cancel is a legitimate USPS postmark but was never used on board the USS Cole.
Cachet by Warren (Wildy) Wildermuth.


 

USPS Pictorial

"Memorial Dedication Station"

Norfolk, VA

2001-10-12

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20011012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20011012 1 Front.jpg

Memorial Dedication, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Port Visit Station"

Philadelphia, PA

2002-07-04

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 1 Front.jpg

Port Visit for Independence Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Port Visit Station"

Philadelphia, PA

2002-07-04

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20020704 1 Front.jpg

Visit CANCELLED by the US Navy, read text box
Port Visit for Independence Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial
Postmark

"Fleet Week /
Port Everglades"

Ft Lauderdale FL

2015-05-04

GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20150504 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cole DDG67 20150504 2 Front.jpg

25th Anniversary of Broward Navy Days, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

 

Other Information

USS COLE has earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy "E" Ribbon (6 awards) and the Navy Expeditionary Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Sergeant Darrell Samuel Cole, USMC (July 20 1920 – February 19 1945).
During the battle for Saipan (1943), PFC Cole was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his resolute leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of terrific opposition. He was also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
On February 19 1945, Sergeant Cole led his machine gun section ashore in the D-Day assault of Iwo Jima. Moving forward with the initial assault wave, a hail of fire from two enemy emplacements halted his section's advance. Sergeant Cole personally destroyed them with hand grenades. His unit continued to advance until pinned down for a second time by enemy fire from three Japanese gun emplacements. One of these emplacements was silenced by Cole's machine guns. When his machine guns jammed, armed only with a pistol and one hand grenade, Sergeant Cole made a one-man attack against the two remaining gun emplacements. Twice he returned to his own lines for additional grenades and continued the attack under fierce enemy fire until he had succeeded in destroying the enemy strong points.
Upon returning to his own squad, he was instantly killed by an enemy grenade. By his one-man attack and heroic self-sacrifice, Sergeant Cole enabled his company to move forward against the fortifications and attain their ultimate objective.
Sergeant Cole was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Lee Perry.

 


 

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