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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.

    Benham Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 3 December 1936 - Launched 11 June 1938

  1. USS ELLET DD-398
    Commissioned 17 February 1939 - Decommissioned 29 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 13 November 1945
    Sold 1 August 1947 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 Ellet DD-398 Covers Page 1    (1936-44)



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 February 17 1939 - Disestablished October 13 1945


Locy Type
FDC 3r (A-BBT)



First Day In Commission. Cachet by Lloyd A. Nace


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Shakedown Cruise, R/S cachet.


Locy Type 3z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Other Information

USS ELLET earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 10 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Five members of the Ellet family of Pennsylvania rendered valuable service during the Civil War: Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr.; Brigadier General Alfred W. Ellet; Colonel Charles R. Ellet; Lieutenant Colonel John A. Ellet; and Edward C. Ellet. The first two officers commanded the Ellet Ram Fleet.

The ships sponsor was Miss Elvira Daniel Cabell, granddaughter of Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr.



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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