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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.

    Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Originally classified as Destroyer "DD-959"
    Classification changed 23 April 1957
    Keel Laid 1 April 1958 - Launched 23 April 1959

  2. Commissioned 6 June 1961 - Decommissioned 1 October 1990

    Stricken 1 October 1990
    Sunk as target 9 October 2002

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 Towers DDG-9 Covers Page 1    (1961-1989)



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




Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS)


Ships cachet


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS,USN)


Ships cachet


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS,USN)


Add-on cachet by Robert E. (Bob) Emrick, Jr.


Locy Type
2-1(n) (USS,USN)


Ships cachet


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USN,USS)


Ships cachet, serviced by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Other Information

USS TOWERS earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon and the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 4 Campaign Stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Admiral John Henry Towers, USN (January 30 1885 - April 30 1955).
Graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1906, he made important contributions to the technical and organizational development of Naval Aviation from its very beginnings, eventually serving as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics (1939-1942). As Vice-Admiral, he was the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Area (DCINCPAO) and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet (DCINCPAC). In August 1945, Towers was given command of the 2d Carrier Task Force and Task Force 38, Pacific Fleet. On November 7 1945, he broke his flag in the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) as Commander, 5th Fleet. On February 1 1946, he hoisted his flag in the carrier Bennington (CV-20) as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, a post he held until March of 1947. Admiral Towers retired in December 1947.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Nathaniel Rotoreau, Jr.



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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