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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.

    Benham Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 22 September 1937 - Launched 28 July 1938

  1. USS RHIND DD-404
  2. Commissioned 10 November 1939
    Damaged in Atom Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1946
    Decommissioned 28 August 1946
    Scuttled off Kwajalein 22 March 1948

    Stricken 5 April 1948

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).

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  1. USS Rhind DD-404 Covers Page 1    (1937-1942)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day of Commission. Hand-colored Cachet by M. Fay Muridge and Walter Czubay


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)



Decommissioning USS Berceau YFB-3, cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type Fz


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z3




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet by Sibley's Department Store (Hobby Shop).


Other Information

USS RHIND earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ four battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Alexander Colden Rhind, USN (31 October 1821 - 8 November 1897)
Rhind was appointed Midshipman, 3 September 1838. He served with the Home Squadron off the coast of Mexico and with both the South and North Atlantic Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War. He was ordered to command USS CRUSADER, 14 December 1861; and, while commanding her, earned the thanks of Congress for the capture and destruction of Confederate works commanding the South Edisto, Dawho, and Pon-Pon Rivers, in April 1862. A year later, he participated in the attacks on Charleston's defenses as commanding officer of USS KEOKUK. During the attack on 7 April 1863, USS KEOKUK was struck 90 times, suffering 19 holes at or near her waterline. Retiring, she was kept afloat until the following morning, by which time the crew had been taken off. Later, after commanding USS PAUL JONES and USS WABASH, he assumed command of USS AGAWAM, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 23 October 1863, and earned praise from Rear Adm. Samuel Lee for the "gallantry and endurance displayed" by himself and his crew during an engagement with three batteries at Deep Bottom, 13 August 1864. In December 1864 he was detailed to command the Powder Boat USS LOUISIANA, which was towed by USS WILDERNESS to a point 250 yards off Fort Fisher. There Commander Rhind and his crew set the fuses and started a fire before escaping to USS WILDERNESS. The blast from the explosion, although loud, did little damage and 2 days later Rhind returned to close proximity to the fort to plant a marker buoy as near to the fort as possible to allow the fleet to bombard Fort Fisher at close range. For his feats he was commended by Admiral Porter and recommended for promotion. Rear Admiral Rhind died at New York, November 8 1897.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Frederick S. Camp, a great-grandniece of Rear Adm. Rhind.



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