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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.

    Garcia Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid April 29 1964 - Launched December 19 1964

    Commissioned October 19 1968

    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975
    Decommissioned September 28 1988

  3. PARANA D-27 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Leased to Brazil September 18 1989 and renamed
    Sold to Brazil January 24 2001

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. Albert David Covers Page 1    (1964-89)



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

Post Office Established October 19 1968 - Disestablished September 18 1989


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) Oct 19, 1968


As DE-1050
First Day in Commission
FDC covers are backdated - USCS Postmark Catalog


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+) Dec 8, 1968


As DE-1050
First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DE-1050


Locy Type
2tnu (USS)
(FF at top, 1050 at bottom)


As FF-1050


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


As FF-1050


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


As DE-1050


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


As FF-1050


Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u)


As FF-1050
Last Day in Commission


Locy Type
2tnu (USS)
(FF at top, 1050 at bottom)


As FF-1050
Posted after decommission date (1989-09-18)
USCS Postmark Catalog states "Postmarks retained and used until Sep 28, 1989"


Other Information

ALBERT DAVID earned 3 Battle Stars for Vietnam service

NAMESAKE - Lt. Albert Leroy David (July 18 1902 – September 17 1945)
David was an officer in the United States Navy during World War II and a recipient of the Medal of Honor and two Navy Crosses. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in helping to capture a German submarine, the U-505, off the coast of French West Africa in June 1944. David died before his medal could be presented to him.



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