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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 March 26 1943 - Launched December 31 1943

  1. USS WATTS DD-567
    Commissioned April 29 1944 - Decommissioned April 12 1946
    Recommissioned July 6 1951 - Decommissioned September 26 1969

    Stricken February 1 1974
    Sold August 16 1974 and broken up 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. Covers Page 1     (1952-55)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning April 29 1944 to April 12 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-14a



2nd Commissioning July 6 1951 to September 26 1969


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet Morris W. Beck


Other Information

WATTS earned three battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Captain John Watts (ca.1778–1823).
Although he never served in the US Navy, Capt Watts is remembered for an action between "Planter" (18-gun, armed merchantman) and a 22-gun French privateer which took place on July 10 1799 in the eastern Atlantic during the Quasi-War with France.


The following photos are from the collection of Richard Kujawa, a crewmember on the ship from its commissioning to December, 1945. They are provided by his son, Richard Kujawa 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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