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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 20 March 1944 as DD-739
    Robert H. Smith Class Destroyer Minelayer
    Reclassified Light Minelayer (DM) 20 July 1944
    Launched 23 July 1944

  1. USS ADAMS DM-27
    Commissioned 10 October 1944 - Decommissioned 29 January 1947

    Reclassified Fast Minesweeper (MMD) 7 February 1955 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 December 1970
    Sold 16 December 1971 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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Adams DM-27 Covers Page 1     (1945-1946)



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 October 6 1944 - Disestablished January 28 1947


Locy Type




Locy Type


The postmark was applied to the reverse of the cover.


Other Information

USS ADAMS earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle Star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Lt.j.g. Samuel Adams, USN (10 April 1912 - 5 June 1942)
Adams graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1939. He joined Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) on USS YORKTOWN CV-5 in May 1939 and served with that unit through the first six months of the Pacific war. On June 4 1942, during a Battle of Midway scouting flight, Lieutenant Adams located the Japanese aircraft carrier IJN HIRYU, a vital contribution to the destruction of that ship. On the following day, while attacking the Japanese destroyer TANIKAZE, he lost his life when his SBD aircraft was shot down. Lieutenant Samuel Adams was posthumously awarded a third Navy Cross for his actions during The Battle of Midway.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Maude Ryan Adams, the widow of Lieutenant (jg) Samuel Adams, USN.



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