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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.

    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 23 May 1944 - Launched 26 August 1944

  2. Commissioned 25 October 1944 - Decommissioned 31 May 1946
    Recommissioned 21 September 1951
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Training 3rd Naval District,.
        Bayonne, NJ 11 November 1957
    Decommissioned 1 September 1967

    Stricken 1 September 1967
    Sold 9 July 1968 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 Thaddeus Parker DE-369 Covers Page 1    (1944-1962)



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

1st Commissioning 25 October 1944 to 31 May 1946


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type 9#

(Br. # 15049)




Locy Type SL



2nd Commissioning 21 September 1951 to 1 September 1967


Locy Type 2




Locy Type 2




Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)(USS)


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

USS THADDEUS PARKER earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the WWII Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal and two (2) National Defense Service Medals during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Pharmacist's Mate Thaddeus Parker, USN (November 13 1923 - July 20 1943)
    Corpsman Parker accompanied The Raider Battalion when that unit was ordered to the South Pacific. He was awarded The Navy Cross "for extraordinary heroism while serving as company corpsman during an engagement with enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Island, on the night of September 13-14 1942." "When his company was almost completely surrounded by the Japanese and under attack from all directions, Parker, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire to care for and evacuate the wounded. As a result of his dauntless courage and outstanding devotion to duty, he undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the injured who otherwise might have perished."
    Corpsman Parker was killed in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on July 20, 1943 and was posthumously awarded The Purple Heart and The Silver Star "For gallantry in action at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Disregarding his personal safety, he aggressively moved forward into areas swept by intense, hostile fire to render medical aid to two seriously wounded Marines. In courageously attempting to evacuate the second man, Pharmacist's Mate Parker was killed."



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