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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.

    Farragut Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 10 February 1934 - Launched 23 January 1935

  1. USS DALE DD-353
    Commissioned 17 June 1935 - Decommissioned 16 October 1945

  2. Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1945
    Sold 20 December 1946 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. USS Dale DD-353 Covers Page 1    (1935-1942)



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


Locy Type



First Day in Commission


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBB)



Independence Day, cachet by John Coulthard, sponsored by John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS


Locy Type
3z (TTT)


Censored, WII use


Locy Type 9v


Marking from back of cover


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-3a




Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-2




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a


Cachet and cancel by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop).


Other Information

USS DALE earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 12 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS Dale was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Captain Richard Dale, USN (6 November 1756 - 26 February 1826)
Dale was an American naval officer who fought in the Continental Navy under John Barry and was first lieutenant for John Paul Jones during the naval battle off of Flamborough Head, England against HMS Serapis in the celebrated engagement of September 23, 1779. He became one of the six original commodores of the permanent United States Navy, and commanded a blockade of Tripoli in 1801 during the First Barbary War of Thomas Jefferson's presidency.

The ships sponsor was Mrs E. C. Dale.

Five ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Dale (1839 Sloop-of-War), USS Dale DD-4, USS Dale DD-290, USS Dale DD-353, and USS Dale CG-19.



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