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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.

    Porter Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 18 December 1933 - Launched 18 April 1936

    Commissioned 25 November 1936 - Decommissioned 15 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1945
    Sold 20 December 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 Selfridge DD-357 Covers Page 1    (1936-1943)



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


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-31


First Day in Commission. Cachet by Leo A. Schupp


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by Leonard Rogers and sponsored by the Crew No. 11 USS Selfridge, ANCS


Locy Type


Manuscript ship's name in return address


Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)



Shakedown Cruise, cachet by RADM Selfridge Chapter No. 28, USCS


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


Typed ship's name on front


Locy Type




Locy Type 9v




Locy Type 9x






First Day in Commission. Cachet by Leo A. Schupp


Other Information

USS SELFRIDGE earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS SELFRIDGE was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941

Rear Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, USN (24 April 1804 - 15 October 1902)
        Selfridge was appointed midshipman on 1 January 1818. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1827, he served in the East India, Mediterranean, and Pacific squadrons. He took command of sloop, USS Dale, in May 1847 and participated in the capture of Mazatlan and Guaymas. Badly wounded in the latter engagement, he was invalided home in June 1848. He was subsequently assigned to the Boston Navy Yard, where he remained until 1861. He commanded USS Mississippi, flagship of the Gulf Squadron, on blockade duty off Mobile and off the passes of the Mississippi. His old wound forced him to relinquish his command in February 1862, and he served ashore until retiring in 1866. Rear Admiral Selfridge died in Waverly, Mass.
Rear Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. USN (6 February 1836 – 4 February 1924)
         Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., son of RAdm Selfridge, was born in Charlestown, Mass., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1854. At the beginning of the Civil War, he helped with efforts to destroy the untenable Norfolk Navy Yard; and he then escaped from that burning and beleaguered base in USS Cumberland, helping to save the sloop of war for the Union Navy. He participated in the capture of the Hatteras forts and was on board USS Cumberland on 8 March 1862 when she was sunk by Confederate ironclad, CSS Virginia. He then briefly commanded USS Monitor, after Lt. Worden was wounded; and commanded USS Alligator, an experimental submarine, in testing operations based at the Washington Navy Yard.
         In August, he joined the Mississippi Squadron, and subsequently commanded USS Cairo and USS Conestoga when those ships were sunk in action. Late in the war, he returned to the Atlantic where he commanded USS Huron in the attacks on Fort Fisher; and he participated in the ensuing bombardment of Fort Anderson and the capture of Wilmington NC. His postwar service included command of USS Nipsic, USS Enterprise, and USS Omaha, the last two on the Asiatic Station, and duty as Commander in Chief of the European Squadron from 1895 to 1898. He retired on 6 February 1898.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SELFRIDGE - USS Selfridge DD-320 was named after RAdm Thomas O. Selfridge and USS Selfridge DD-357 was named after both Naval officers, father and son.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Duncan I. Selfridge, wife of Duncan I. Selfridge, grandson of RAdm. Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr.



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