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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid August 3 1981 - Launched February 6 1982

    Commissioned January 29 1983 - Decommissioned 8 March 2013

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 Underwood FFG-36 Covers Page 1    (1981-2008)



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

Post Office Established January 22 1983 - Disestablished 2013


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

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus U-7




Locy Type
(USS, FPO AA 34093-1491)


Phil Edwards


Locy Type
(USS, FPO AA 34093-1491)


Contributed by Douglas Ebert.


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




Locy Type
FPO AA 34093-1491)


USCS Postmark Survey


Locy Type
FPO AA 34093-1491)


USCS Postmark Survey


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10


Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad Kaczkowski


Other Information

USS UNDERWOOD earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 2 stars, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6 awards), the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 7 stars and the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Captain Gordon Waite Underwood, USN (June 3 1910 – January 15 1978) who was awarded the Navy Cross for his achievements during World War II.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Elizabeth T. Underwood, the widow of Captain Underwood.



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