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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.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid January 14 1943 - Launched May 27 1943

    Commissioned August 29 1943 - Decommissioned December 10 1946

    Stricken June 15 1975

  2. HATSUHI DE-263 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Transferred to Japan June 14 1955 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. Navy 1975

  3. RAJAH HUMABON (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to The Philippines September 13 1976 and renamed


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    (1944-45)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type


Official Business


Locy Type

USCS Catalog


Navy Day 1945


Other Information

Earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* TF 62 North Atlantic Convoy Duty 1944-45

Credited with sinking...
The German U-853 May 9 1945 North Atlantic

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Lt. (jg) John McDougal Atherton USN (August 3 1918 - October 15 1942) killed while serving on Destroyer USS MEREDITH DD-434 when she was sank by Japanese planes off Guadalcanal



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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