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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.

    Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 27 December 1960 - Launched 9 December 1961

  2. Commissioned 20 April 1963 - Decommissioned 1 February 1990

    Struck from Naval Register 11 January 1995

  3. HNS FORMION D-220 (Greek Naval Service)
  4. Transferred to Greece 1 October 1992
    Decommissioned by Greek Navy 29 July 2002

    Sold 19 February 2004 for scrap

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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 Joseph Strauss DDG-16 Covers Page 1    (1963-2007)



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


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+) (USS)


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Apollo 12 Support, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type


Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Ship's cachet, Port Visit & Navy Birthday. Serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS)


Ship's cachet, 25th Anniversary of Commissioning. Serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS)




Locy Type


Serviced by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type
9-1n+u (USS)




Locy Type
LDC 2-1n+ (USS)


Autographed by the CO, CDR John Howard Strauss - Dec 1988 - Feb 1 1990. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
LDC 9-1n+u (USS)


Autographed by the CO, CDR John Howard Strauss - Dec 1988 - Feb 1 1990. From the Bob Govern collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Joseph Strauss

Mount Morris, NY


Celebrating Admiral Joseph Strauss' Birthday, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter no. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS JOSEPH STRAUSS earned the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Admiral Joseph Strauss, USN (November 16 1861 - December 30 1948).
Joseph Strauss was born 16 November 1861 in Mount Morris, N.Y. He was commissioned Ensign 1 July 1887 and began a distinguished career as specialist in ordnance in June 1893 when he reported to the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D.C. During the Spanish-American War he served in USS Lancaster blockading the Cuban coast, then returned to the Bureau of Ordnance. He established the Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Md., 1900 to 1902; served on a Special Board of Naval Ordnance in 1906; and was a member of the Joint Army-Navy Board on Smokeless Powders the following year. He conducted experimental work with torpedoes while commanding cruiser USS Montgomery 1909 to 1911; commanded USS Ohio BB-12 in 1912; then became Chief of Bureau of Ordnance 21 October 1913. Strauss assumed command of USS Nevada BB-36 30 December 1916 and remained in command as the United States entered World War I. Detached from the battleship in February 1918, he was designated Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal both for directing the laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage and for the hazardous task of clearing it after peace came. In October 1919 he returned to the Navy Department to serve as a member of the General Board until March 1921 when he became Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral. He resumed duty with the General Board in October 1922. The following year he also worked with Congress on the budget and appropriations. He transferred to the Retired List 16 November 1925 but returned briefly to active duty 8 October 1937 to 8 February 1938 to serve the Advisory Board on Battleship Plans. Admiral Strauss was a founder of the Naval Historical Society and a long time financial adviser of the Navy Relief Society. Among his inventions were the superimposed system of mounting guns; the first spring recoil gun mount, the first disappearing mount for deck guns of submarines, and the 12-inch gun, the fore-runner of the mighty guns for capital ships' main batteries. He received a special letter of appreciation from Secretary of the Navy Charles F. Adams in 1929 for his work on safety devices of submarines and the salvaging of sunken submarines. He died 30 December 1948 and was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Lawrence Haines Coburn, granddaughter of Admiral Joseph Strauss.



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