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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 13 1943 - Launched December 12 1943

    Commissioned March 20 1944 - Decommissioned April 24 1946
    Recommissioned January 26 1951 - Decommissioned November 15 1969

    Struck from Naval Register November 15 1969

  2. TCG ICEL D-344 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Transferred to Turkey November 15 1969 and renamed

    Stricken and broken up for scrap 1981

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     (1951-65)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning March 20 1944 to April 24 1946


Locy Type


The February 14 date is taken from the written notation on the front of the cover.


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning January 26 1951 to November 15 1969


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Other Information

PRESTON earned 6 battle stars during World War II and 1 during the Korean Conflict

NAMESAKE - Samuel W. Preston (April 6 1840 - January 13 1865)
Preston was appointed Midshipman from the state of Illinois October 4 1858. Graduating first in his class, May 9 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, October 4 1861 and Lieutenant August 1 1862. From 1861 to 1863 he served on various vessels attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Captured by Confederate forces during an attack on Fort Sumter September 8 1863, he was taken to Libby Prison and exchanged in the fall of 1864. Ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, he participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher December 24–25 1864 and January 13 1865. He was killed while leading his men against the fort on the latter date



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