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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 20 1943 - Launched April 7 1943

    Commissioned October 25 1943 - Decommissioned September 24 1945

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1968
    Sold April 2 1970 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA 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     (1943-44)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett paulhamilton dd590 19441131 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paulhamilton dd590 19441131.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

PAUL HAMILTON received seven battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Paul Hamilton (October 16 1762 – June 30 1816)
Hamilton was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, following the war, he was a planter and public figure. He served South Carolina in many public offices including state Representative (1787), State Senator (1794), Comptroller (1800), and Governor (1804). In 1809, President James Madison selected Hamilton to become the third Secretary of the Navy. He would serve in this office from May 15 1809 to December 31 1812



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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