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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.

    Farragut Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 23 September 1933 - Launched 10 July 1934

  1. USS AYLWIN DD-355
  2. Commissioned 1 March 1935 - Decommissioned 6 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1945
    Sold 20 December 1946 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. USS Aylwin DD-355 Covers Page 1    (1935-1944)



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


Locy Type

"F.D.P.O.S. /
COMM 3-1-35"


First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Donald Warner


Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)



Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)

T. H."




Locy Type
3z (BBT)




Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-57a


Navy Day 1935


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-57a
(without bars)


Navy Day 1935


Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-2




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet and Cancel by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop).


Other Information

USS AYLWIN earned 13 Battle Stars for her service in WWII

USS AYLWIN was at Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Lieutenant John Cushing Aylwin, USN (14 June 1778 – 1812). Aylwin was an Officer in the United States Navy during The War of 1812. Severely wounded 29 December 1812, he later died at sea.

The ships sponsor was Miss Elizabeth M. Farley, the 11-year old daughter of Postmaster General James M. Farley.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Aylwin (1813), USS Aylwin DD-47, USS Aylwin DD-355 and USS Aylwin FF-1081.



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