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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 15 December 1917 - Launched 25 April 1918

  1. USS KILTY Destroyer No. 137
  2. Commissioned 17 December 1918

  3. USS KILTY DD-137
  4. Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 5 June 1922
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified Light Target #3 IX-37 (unofficial)
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-20 11 August 1931 while in reserve
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 16 April 1932 while in reserve
    Recommissioned 18 December 1939

  6. Converted to High-speed Transport (APD) 1 March 1943

  7. USS KILTY DD-137
  8. Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 20 July 1945
    Decommissioned 2 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 16 November 1945
    Sold 26 August 1946 and broken up for scrap

RAdm Augustus H. Kilty, 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 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).

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  1. USS Kilty DD-137 / APD-15 Covers Page 1    (1940-1944)



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
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Cover Image

2nd Commissioning 18 December 1939 to 2 November 1945


Locy Type



DD-137. First Day of Postal Service
Cachet by George Neumann and Fredrick Horton


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DD-137. First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

(Date Added with
Separate Device)


DD-137. First Day of Commissioning of USS Chemung AO-30. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
3z (TTT)


APD-15. Censored WWII use


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Other Information

USS KILTY earned ten battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Augustus H. Kilty USN (1807 - 10 November 1879)
Kilty was appointed Midshipman 4 July 1821. He served in Pacific, Asiatic, Mediterranean, and African waters. In February 1832 he took part in Commodore George Reid's operations in defense of American merchantmen at Quallah Batto. During the Civil War, he was conspicuous for his skill and bravery at Island No. 10 and Fort Pillow. He commanded an expedition to White River, Ark.; during this operation he was severely wounded 17 June 1862, causing the loss of his left arm. He was commissioned Rear Admiral 13 July 1870 and died 10 November 1879.

The ships sponsor was Miss Elizabeth Harrison Shapley.



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