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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.

    Edsall Class Type FMR Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid July 1 1943 - Launched August 29 1943

    Commissioned November 27 1943 - Decommissioned May 1 1946

    Stricken April 2 1971
    Sold September 30 1974 for scrap

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     (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 postm--ark 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




Locy Type
16088 Branch




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Ensign Howard Deel Merrill USN (December 16 1917 - December 7 1941)
Merrill was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy June 25 1936. He was commissioned Ensign June 6 1940, and reported for duty in battleship USS ARIZONA BB-39 July 2 1940. Merrill was declared dead as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941



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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