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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.

    Gridley Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 17 1936 - Launched November 20 1937

  1. USS McCALL DD-400
    Commissioned June 22 1938 - Decommissioned November 30 1945

    Struck from Naval Register January 28 1947
    Sold November 17 1947 and broken up 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 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 McCall DD-400 Covers Page 1    (1937-45)



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


USPO 4-bar

"U.S. Rec.
Ship Branch"

San Francisco, CA


Launching, cachet by C. Wright Richell and J. P. Clark


USPO Machine

"Mare Island Station"

Vallejo CA


Commissioning, cachet by Gordon A. Shaw, sponsored by Lloyd A. Nace


Locy Type

"1-ST-DAY /


First Day in Commission, cachet by Walter Czubay


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)



Christmas, cachet by Paul Parrish


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)




Locy Type
3z (BTB)


Censored sailor's mail


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a


Hobby Shop fake cancel


Locy Type


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS McCALL received nine battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Capt. Edward R. McCall, USN (1790-1 August 1853)
    McCall, born in South Carolina, was appointed midshipman 1 January 1808. Appointed acting lieutenant in brig USS Enterprise 16 October 1811, he took command of his ship during her action with HMS Boxer 5 September 1813, early in which Enterprise’s captain, Lt. William Burrows, was mortally wounded. In acknowledgment of his victory over Boxer, McCall received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal. Promoted to Captain 3 March 1835, he died at his home in Bordentown, N.J., 1853

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS McCall DD-28 and USS McCall DD-400



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