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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.

    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 22 May 1944 - Launched 29 August 1944

    Commissioned 31 October 1944 - Decommissioned 14 June 1946

    Stricken 15 September 1970
    Sold 13 June 1973 for scrapping

Seaman First Class John L. Williamson, USN

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. USS John L. Williamson DE-370 Covers Page 1     (1945-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15182)


Ship carried only security devices Types 2z, 2#, and 9#


Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15182)


Registered, Censored Sailors mail. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS JOHN L. WILLIAMSON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia Clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Seaman 1st Class John Leon Williamson, USN (5 November 1921 - 12 November 1942)
Williamson was born in Ash, N.C., enlisted in the Navy at Raleigh 11 July 1940. After recruit training, he was assigned to Heavy Cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38. Williamson was on board the fighting cruiser during the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 and the initial American amphibious assault of the war on Guadalcanal. He also took part in the American victory at the night Battle of Cape Esperance in October. On 12 November 1942 one of the many Japanese attempts to bombard American positions in the Solomons and to reinforce their own garrisons there resulted another great battle, the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Before the main engagement, USS SAN FRANCISCO and other ships were attacked by torpedo bombers off Guadalcanal. Williamson, an antiaircraft gunner fired at an approaching torpedo plane, remaining at his station with cool determination as the enemy aircraft crashed directly at his gun mount. For his great courage in the face of this attack, Seaman First Class Williamson was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Sherman Register, sister of Seaman 1st Class Williamson.



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