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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.

    Somers Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 8 April 1936 - Launched 16 April 1938

    Commissioned 19 August 1938 - Decommissioned 8 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 28 November 1945
    Sold 1946 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 Sampson DD-394 Covers Page 1     (1936-1945)



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

Post Office Established August 26 1938 - Disestablished October 31 1945


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


Locy Type




Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)



Shakedown Cruise, Cachet by Loring W. Stannard and Frederick Horton


Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)



Official Business


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


Censored Sailor's mail.


Other Information

USS SAMPSON earned one battle star for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson, USN (February 9 1840 – May 6 1902).
Known for his victory in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named SAMPSON in his honor, USS Sampson DD-63, USS Sampson DD-394, USS Sampson DDG-10 and USS Sampson DDG-102.
The United States Naval Academy's Sampson Hall, which houses the English and History departments, is named in his honor.
The United States Navy also authorized a service medal, known as the Sampson Medal, to recognize those who had served under his command during the Spanish-American War.



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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