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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 27 1941 - Launched February 20 1942

  1. USS GUEST DD-472
    Commissioned December 15 1942 - Decommissioned June 4 1946

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1973

  2. PARA D-27 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Brazil June 5 1959 and renamed

    Struck by Brazil 1978 and scrapped

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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     (1943-46)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Locy Type


Commissioning cover posted 5 months prior to commissioning / POE of December 15 1942


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-36




Other Information

GUEST received 8 battle stars for service in World War II

NAMESAKE - Commodore John Guest (March 7 1822 - January 12 1879)
Guest was appointed Midshipman December 16 1837 ; served in Frigate CONGRESS during the Mexican War; and, protected foreign residents from Chinese Imperial forces at Shanghai in April 1854. He commanded OWASCO and SANGAMON in the Civil War, passing the forts for the capture of New Orleans and engaging Confederate batteries in the seige of Vicksburg. He also took part in the capture of the forts at Galveston, Tex., and the capture of Fort Fisher, X. C. Commodore Guest died January 12 1879



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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