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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.

    Wickes (Little) Class Destroyer Keel Laid April 18 1918 - Launched August 10 1918

    Commissioned July 19 1919

    Reclassified Light Minelayer (DM) July 20 1920
    Decommissioned June 30 1922

    Stricken December 1 1936
    Sunk July 22 1937 as target off California

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. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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






Other Information

NAMESAKE - Sergeant Major William Anthony, USMC (27 October 1853 – 24 November 1899)
Anthony was a soldier in the United States Army and a Marine in the United States Marine Corps, who served during the Spanish-American War. Anthony enlisted in the Army on February 1 1875 and served two five-year enlistments before joining the Marine Corps at Brooklyn, New York, on July 18 1885. He served ashore (at the New York Navy Yard) and afloat in the Armored Cruiser USS BROOKLYN ACR-3 before reporting for duty on May 12 1897 in the Marine guard of the battleship MAINE. An explosion rocked MAINE as she lay at anchor in Havana Harbor on the night of February 15 1898. As she began to settle, Private Anthony, who was on watch at the time, hastened immediately forward toward the Captain's cabin to inform him of the event. In the darkness, the Marine bumped into Captain Charles D. Sigsbee as the latter groped his way toward the outer hatch of the super-structure. Anthony apologized and made his report "that the ship has blown up and is sinking." The two men then proceeded together toward the quarterdeck. "The special feature in this case of service performed by Private Anthony," Sigsbee later recounted in a letter to John D. Long, the Secretary of the Navy, "is that, on an occasion when a man's instinct would lead him to safety outside the ship, he started into the superstructure and toward the cabin, irrespective of the danger. MAINE's former Captain then recommended that the Marine be promoted to Sergeant, which was accomplished on April 14 1898. Anthony had meanwhile joined the Marine guard of the cruiser DETROIT on March 5 1898 and served in that ship until transferred to duty at the Marine Barracks, New York Navy Yard, on September 10 of that year. Upon expiration of his enlistment, Anthony was honorably discharged at New York on June 26 1899 with the rank of Sergeant Major. Anthony died in New York City on November 24 1899 and was buried at Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.



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