ERICSSON DD 440

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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 18 1940 - Launched November 23 1940

  1. USS ERICSSON DD-440
    Commissioned March 13 1941 - Decommissioned March 15 1946

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1970
    Sunk as target November 17 1970

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1940-46)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post office established April 14 1941 - Disestablished February 15 1946


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3 Apr 19, 1941

"FIRST DAY /
P.O. SERVICE"

1941-04-19

GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Peter J. McKenna


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3 Apr 19, 1941

"FIRST DAY /
P.O. SERVICE"

1941-04-19

GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 3r Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 3 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9v

1941-04-19

GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410419 2 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service


 

Locy Type
2z

1946-01-25

JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19460125 pm.jpg
JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19460125.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1941-05-03

JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19410503 pm3.jpg
JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19410503.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

1942-10-17

JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19421017r pm.jpg
JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19421017.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9v

1942-01-02
to
1942-01-12

JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19420104 pm.jpg
JonBurdett ericsson dd440 19420104.jpg

Mark from back of cover
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9x

1941-05-07

GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410507 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410507 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z3

1941-07-05

GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410705 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Ericsson DD440 19410705 1 Front.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

ERICSSON received 3 battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - John Ericsson (July 31 1803 - March 8 1889)
Ericsson was one of the 19th Century's most creative engineers and inventors. As a youth, he joined the Swedish Army, which recognized his talents and put him to work on topographical duties. Ericsson left the Army in 1826 and moved to England, where he pursued a variety of engineering projects, among them the use of screw propellers on ships, the development of extraordinarly large guns and the creation of engines driven by hot air instead of steam. Ericsson's work attracted the attention Robert F. Stockton, an influential and progressive U.S. Navy officer, who encouraged him to relocate to the United States. During the early 1840s, the two designed a screw-propelled warship, which was commissioned in 1843 as USS PRINCETON, armed with heavy guns of their devising. The tragic explosion of one of these guns, and efforts to improperly assign the blame to Ericsson, led the strong-willed engineer to redirect his creativity into civilian fields, which he pursued successfully during the 1840s and 1850s. The outbreak of the American Civil War brought John Ericsson back into formal contact with the Navy, when he designed and produced USS MONITOR, a revolutionary armored ship carrying her guns in a rotating turret. MONITOR's successful battle with the Confederate Ironclad VIRGINIA on March 9 1862 made Ericsson a great hero in the North. For the remainder of the conflict, he was actively involved in designing and building a large series of "Monitor"-type turret ships for the Navy. Ericsson continued his work on maritime and naval technology after the Civil War, producing ships for foreign navies and experimenting with submarines, self-propelled torpedoes and heavy ordnance. He remained active until his death in New York City on March 8 1889. In August 1890, following a memorial service at New York, his body was placed on board the cruiser USS BALTIMORE C-3, which carried him across the Atlantic to his native Sweden for burial

 


 

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