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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 31 August 1943 - Launched 7 October 1943

  1. USS TWEEDY DE-532
    Commissioned 12 February 1944 - Decommissioned 10 May 1946
    Recommissioned 2 April 1952 - Decommissioned 20 June 1959
    Recommissioned 2 October 1961 - Decommissioned 1 August 1962

    Struck from Naval Register 30 June 1969
    Sunk as target May 1970 off Florida

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 Tweedy DE-532 Covers Page 1    (1945-1962)



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 12 February 1944 to 10 May 1946


Locy Type 2(n)


Navy Day


Locy Type 2(n)


Sailor's "Free" mail

2nd Commissioning 2 April 1952 to 20 June 1959


Locy Type 2r



3rd Commissioning 2 October 1961 to 1 August 1962


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)(USS)


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


Other Information

USS TWEEDY earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and two National Defense Service Medals during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - 2nd Lt. Albert William Tweedy, Jr., USMC (March 20 1920 - June 4 1942)
    Tweedy attended public schools in Winnetka, IL and Hingham, Mass., before he enrolled at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in the fall of 1938. In the summer of 1939, he completed Marine Corps' Platoon Commander School at Quantico, Va., and, at the end of his sophomore year, left college to become a Marine Aviation Cadet. Following flight training at Squantum, Mass., and Pensacola, Fla., he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 14 October 1941. Assigned to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, he was stationed at San Diego and Hawaii before reporting for duty with Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron (VMSB)-241 at Midway early in 1942. He served as Assistant Flight Officer and Assistant Communications Officer for the squadron before becoming its Communications Officer late in May.
     Early on the morning of 4 June 1942, Lt. Tweedy took off from Midway in his "Dauntless" Navy dive-bomber. Minutes later, the Battle of Midway commenced as planes from the Japanese carriers pounded the Marine installations on Midway, and outdated American fighter planes based at Midway were bloodily dispatched by the newer and nimbler Japanese Zeros in the opening stages of the battle. On that morning, Lt. Tweedy flew with Major Lofton Henderson's division of VMSB-241. Although stripped of its fighter protection, this division nonetheless attempted a glide-bombing attack on Japanese carrier HIRYU. Despite a fearsome antiaircraft barrage and repeated attacks by the numerically superior enemy fighter planes, Lt. Tweedy dove his aircraft to a perilously low altitude before releasing a bomb over the enemy carrier. Japanese fighters then attacked and splashed his slow-moving bomber, killing Lt. Tweedy. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism, cool courage, and conscientious devotion to duty. (DANFS)



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