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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.

    Knox Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid March 22 1972 - Launched December 16 1972

  1. USS PHARRIS DE-1094
    Commissioned January 26 1974

  2. USS PHARRIS FF-1094
    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975
    Decommissioned April 15 1992

    Struck from Naval Register January 11 1995

  3. GUADALUPE VICTORIA (Mexican Naval Service)
    Sold to Mexico June 15 1999
    Transferred March 8 2000

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. Pharris Covers Page 1    (1974-92)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2f(n+)


As DE-1094
Frederick L. Karcher


Locy Type
2f(n+) (DE,USS)


As DE-1094


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


As FF-1094


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)


As FF-1094


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)
large letters


As FF-1094
Navy Day
Gary R. Rogak


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) 1986


As FF-1094
Navy Day
Gary R. Rogak


Locy Type
LDPS 2-1(n+)


As FF-1094
Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star

NAMESAKE - Lt. Jackson C. Pharris USN (June 26 1912 - October 17 1966)
While serving as gunner in charge of the ordnance repair party on USS CALIFORNIA BB-44 during the Pearl Harbor attack, Pharris was stunned and severely injured by the concussion from a torpedo which hurled him to the overhead and back to the deck. Quickly recovering, he acted on his own initiative to set up a hand-supply ammunition train for the antiaircraft guns. With many of the remaining crewmembers overcome by oil fumes, and the ship without power and listing heavily to port as a result of a second torpedo hit, Pharris ordered the shipfitters to counterflood. Twice rendered unconscious by the nauseous fumes and handicapped by his painful injuries, he persisted in his desperate efforts to speed up the supply of ammunition and at the same time repeatedly risked his life to enter flooding compartments and drag to safety unconscious shipmates who were gradually being submerged in oil. By his inspiring leadership, his valiant efforts and his extreme loyalty to his ship and her crew, he saved many of his shipmates from death and was largely responsible for keeping the CALIFORNIA in action during the attack. Pharris was awarded The Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."



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