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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 9 1943 - Launched January 9 1944

  1. USS DE HAVEN DD-727
    Commissioned March 31 1944 - Decommissioned December 3 1973

    Struck from Naval Register December 3 1973

  2. INCHEON DD-918 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Sold to South Korea December 5 1973 and renamed
    Stricken 1993 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    (1945-66)



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

Post Office Established April 3 1944 - Disestablished October 1 1971


Locy Type
P [2(n)
NAVY DAY in bars
Oct 27, 1945]


"Victory Cancel"


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n) (USS)




Locy Type
2t(nu) (B,USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-12a




Locy Type P
[2(n) NAVY/DAY in bars Oct 27, 1945]


Navy Day 1945


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-12b




Other Information

DE HAVEN earned 5 Battle Stars (WWII)

Earned Navy Unit Commendation

DE HAVEN DD-727 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

Earned 6 Battle Stars (Korea)

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of USS DE HAVEN DD-469 lost February 1 1943 off Savo Island



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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