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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 12 July 1917 - Launched 20 February 1918

  1. USS TALBOT Destroyer No. 114
    Commissioned 20 July 1918

  2. USS TALBOT DD-114
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 31 March 1923 - Recommissioned 31 May 1930

    Reclassified High-speed Transport (APD) 15 March 1943

  4. USS TALBOT DD-114
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 16 July 1945 - Decommissioned 9 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 24 October 1945
    Sold 30 January 1946 and broken up for scrap

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Talbot DD-114 / APD-7 Covers Page 1    (1930-1944)



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

2nd Commissioning 31 May 1930 to 9 October 1945


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)


As DD-114. Morrissey Hand-painted add-on cachet. USS Nevada Chapter No. 103, USCS R/S on back


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As DD-114


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-5


As DD-114


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-5a


As DD-114. Independence Day, cachet by Neptune Chapter No. 10, USCS


Locy Type F

"Mare Island /

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-1a


As DD-114


Locy Type

"D.D. / 114"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cover and Postmark by Hobby Shop Cachets


Other Information

USS TALBOT earned the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal w/ 8 Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Silas Talbot (11 January 1751 - 30 June 1813)
Talbot was commissioned a Captain in the Continental Army on 1 July 1775. After participating in the siege of Boston and aiding in the transportation of troops to New York, he obtained command of a Fireship and attempted to use it to set fire to the British warship ASIA. The attempt failed, but the daring it displayed won him a promotion to Major on 10 October 1777. After suffering a severe wound while fighting to defend Philadelphia, Talbot returned to active service in the summer of 1778 and fought in Rhode Island. As commander of PIGOT and later of ARGO, both under the Army, he cruised against Loyalist vessels that were harassing American trade between Long Island and Nantucket and made prisoners of many of them. Because of his success fighting afloat for the Army, Congress made him a Captain in the Continental Navy on 17 September 1779. However, since Congress had no suitable warship to entrust to him, Talbot put to sea in command of the Privateer GENERAL WASHINGTON. In it he took one prize, but soon thereafter ran into the British fleet off New York. After a chase, he struck his colors to CULLODEN, a 74-gun Ship-of-the-Line and remained a prisoner until exchanged for a British officer in December 1781. After the war, Talbot settled in Fulton County, NY. He was a member of the New York Assembly in 1792 and 1793 and served in the federal House of Representatives from 1793 to 1795. On 5 June 1794, President Washington chose him third in a list of six Captains of the newly established United States Navy. Before the end of his term in Congress, he was ordered to superintend the construction of the Frigate PRESIDENT at New York. He commanded the Santo Domingo Station in 1799 and 1800 and was commended by the Secretary of the Navy for protecting American commerce and for laying the foundation of a permanent trade with that country. Captain Talbot resigned from the Navy on 23 September 1801 and died at New York City on 30 June 1813.

The ships sponsor was Miss Elizabeth Major.



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