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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 August 28 1941 - Launched June 7 1942

  1. USS TAYLOR DD-468
    Commissioned August 28 1942 - Decommissioned May 31 1946
    Recommissioned December 3 1951

    Reclassified Escort Destroyer (DDE) January 2 1951

  3. USS TAYLOR DD-468
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) June 30 1962
    Decommissioned June 3 1969

    Struck from Naval Register July 2 1969

  4. LANCIERE D-560 (Italian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Italy July 2 1969 and renamed

    Stricken 1971 and cannibalized for spare parts

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. DD-468 Covers Page 1     (1943-69)



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

Post Office Established August 28 1942 - Disestablished May 10 1946


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


As DD-468


Locy Type


As DD-468


Locy Type


As DD-468


Locy Type


As DD-468
Mark from back of cover

Post Office Reestablished January 5 1952 - Disestablished May 5 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DD-468


Locy Type


As DDE-468


Locy Type P
[2t(n+u) with "E" removed]


As DD-468


Other Information

TAYLOR earned 15 battle stars during World War II, 2 battle stars for the Korean conflict, and 6 battle for Vietnam service

NAMESAKE - William Rogers Taylor (November 7 1811 - April 14 1889)
Taylor was appointed Midshipman in 1828, served in the Sloops of War SAINT LOUIS and PEACOCK during the next decade, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1840. He next had coast survey duty, then was an officer of the Sloop of War SAINT MARY'S during the Mexican War, when he also served in the Naval Battery during the siege of Vera Cruz. In 1848-49 he was assigned to the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia, then to the Sloop of War ALBANY. For eight years, beginning in 1853, he primarily served in the field of naval ordnance. In 1855, he received promotion to Commander. Promoted to the rank of Captain in July 1862, he commanded the Steam Sloop HOUSATONIC during the next several months. In 1863, he was Fleet Captain of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In that role, he participated in attacks on Confederate fortifications protecting Charleston, South Carolina. Captain Taylor commanded the Steam Sloop JUNIATA during 1864-65 and took part in the operations that led to the capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. In 1866, a year after the end of the Civil War, Taylor was advanced to the rank of Commodore. For the next five years, he had further ordnance duty and commanded the Northern squadron of the Pacific Fleet. He reached the rank of Rear Admiral in early 1871 and spent his final active duty period as President of the Board of Examiners. Rear Admiral William Rogers Taylor was placed on the Retired List in November 1873. He died at Washington, D.C., on April 14 1889



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